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Fred Taylor, former WRAL reporter, passes away

Posted August 3, 2014
Updated August 4, 2014

Former WRAL anchor, reporter Fred Taylor

— Former WRAL-TV Reporter Fred Taylor, who worked at the station for 36 years, passed away Sunday. He was 73.

Taylor held a number of positions in the newsroom, including many years reporting from the state legislature.

Taylor, who also served as an anchor and assignment editor, retired in 2007.

He suffered from an undisclosed illness when he died.

"This is truly a sad day for us here," WRAL-TV News Director Rick Gall said. "We lost a longtime member of the WRAL family. Fred was more than just a dedicated employee. He loved news and contributed to our coverage in many different ways over the years, always adapting to changing times. It was a privilege to work alongside him, and we'll miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

Taylor is survived by his wife, Jo, three daughters, a step-daughter and two step-sons.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Montlawn Funeral Home in Garner.


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  • btneast Aug 4, 2014

    I too go way back with WRAL and remember Fred well. Things may have been a little more accurate/balanced back then, but to say that they, or any media outlet was 100% objective is inaccurate. ALL media outlets have always been slanted to some degree, and always will be. In the past, bias with news agencies was never discussed, mainly because there were so few....there wasn't an opposing view outlet to highlight a different point of view like there is today. It's a journalistic fantasy that media outlets were ever "balanced". It's not humanly possible to report news and not have some of your view of the event to be cast into the story. Bias is not an evil thing, its just human nature.

  • baldchip Aug 4, 2014

    Mr Taylor was a good newsman. He was fair and objective. He will be missed.

  • susanlbw Aug 4, 2014

    I have watched WRAL for many, many years . And that goes way back I remember Fred Taylor and seemed to be a good hearted fellow. May God be with his family at this sad time and my sympathy goes out to all of his famly and friends . God Bless . Sincerely Susan Wood

  • stymieindurham Aug 4, 2014

    I remember him from back when WRAL had some journalistic integrity.
    I'm with ya there. From WAY back.
    Now it's all P/C and news in between.
    Condolances to the family.

  • streetglide Aug 4, 2014

    honesty in delivering the news, no bias, no political agenda, just delivered the news. If only our great leaders (like Fred Taylor) could return to our Media. GOD BLESS To his family and friends.

  • Knightwolf Aug 4, 2014

    Class all the way.

  • Anita Woody Aug 4, 2014

    Condolences to his family. I remember him from back when WRAL had some journalistic integrity. Back then, the news was news and they had the story covered accurately - unlike these days with sensational nonsense and wrong reporting.

  • umop apisdn Aug 4, 2014

    Condolences to family and friends of Mr. Taylor.

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