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Reporter says goodbye Raleigh, hello Duke

Posted October 18, 2012

We're saying goodbye today to WRAL reporter Erin Hartness, who has accepted a job at Duke University. She'll be the public relations manager for the Fuqua School of Business, which has satellite campuses around the world.

Erin joined WRAL News in 2007 and worked in our Durham bureau. Before that, she was a reporter at WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., an anchor at WDUN-FM in Gainsville, Ga., and a reporter at KSPR-TV in Springfield, Mo., and KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo.

"Erin has done a really nice job in the Durham bureau. That's no easy accomplishment given the high demands and challenges there," said WRAL News Director Rick Gall. "Erin really worked her beats, enterprising and breaking stories. Her determination and dedication are impressive. Her insistence on accuracy and perspective in stories is admirable. Some of her finest work came in the last two years, as the UNC football investigation unfolded."

A Gainsville, Ga., native and graduate of the University of Missouri, Erin earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism in 1999. She has won two Southeast Regional Emmys for spot news, an Emmy for general assignment and various other Associated Press, South Carolina Broadcasters Association and RTNDAC awards.

“It has been an honor to be part of the WRAL family," Erin said. "I will greatly miss being a part of this news team, but am really excited about this opportunity at Duke. I would especially like to thank our viewers for allowing me to tell your stories during the past five years. It has been a privilege to be a reporter for the past 13 years.”


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  • rjgeary Oct 18, 2012

    do well, that is. Pay attention to editing :)

  • rjgeary Oct 18, 2012

    Good job at WRAL, Erin. Do remember, in a P.I.O. job, think of the public first. I know you'll well.

  • bubbba Oct 18, 2012

    The good ones always leave WRAL.

  • justafella Oct 18, 2012

    Congratulations Erin, we will certainly miss you as well.

  • charlesboyer Oct 18, 2012

    Erin, congratulations on the new job, and best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Know that you'll be missed as you were one of the best reporters during your time at WRAL.

  • Kaitlyn Oct 18, 2012

    Good luck Erin! I will miss seeing your smiling face on the news.

    Who are they going to get to stand outside in the middle of a blizzard or hurricane now? lol

  • waru Oct 18, 2012

    I have enjoyed your reporting, I think you have grown into a fine journalist but your new job sounds wonderful. Best wishes for the future.

  • Tigers18 Oct 18, 2012

    I remember well the first time I saw Erin on WRAL. She seemed nervous and out of place. But thru the years she has become a most professional and trust worthy reporter. I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.

  • ph Oct 18, 2012

    Congratulations on your new job at Duke! What a great opportunity! We will miss seeing you on WRAL!

  • zonk Oct 18, 2012

    Nice job Erin ! Good luck in he future.




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