Rick Armstrong

Health Team producer

Professional Experience:
2004 to present: Health Team producer/photographer, WRAL-TV; 1990 to 2004: reporter/photographer, WRAL-TV (1991 to 1992: chief photographer); July 1982 to January 1990: news photographer, WRAL-TV; January 1978 to July 1982: part-time studio camera and lighting, WRAL-TV

Awards & Recognition:
1991 Southeast Regional Emmy for photography on a story about Navy dumping; 1996 Radio-Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas Silver Award for Photographer of the Year

News Philosophy:
I'm a storyteller. I love to tell stories that express the humor, the joy or even the pain common to all people. Good news stories help people feel connected to their neighbors. Good news stories lift up those things that are worthy of praise and expose those things that should be changed. It's not my job to make those judgments but to give viewers all the information so they can draw their own conclusions.

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communications, 1981, North Carolina State University

Birthplace:
Cleveland, Ohio

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I play guitar, draw pencil portraits, play basketball and spend time doing whatever my kids want me to do. I produce a weekly one-hour television broadcast of the worship services at a local church. I contribute regular articles on WRAL and Raleigh Nostalgia in the blog section called "Behind the Scenes" on WRAL.com.

Family & Pets:
Wife and four children; two tuxedo cats that we rescued from abandonment

Favorite Books & Movies:
Books: "The Gospel According to John," Genesis, "Sounding Forth the Trumpet" by Peter Marshall and David Manuel; movies: "Apollo 13," "Toy Story 2"

Favorite websites:
Answers in Genesis, Campus Crusade for Christ, WRAL.com, Drudge Report

Likes Best About North Carolina:
This is where my family is. My mother, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and in-laws are all within a 30- to 40-minute drive.

Most Memorable Assignments:
Story assignments have taken me to Scotland in search of Tar Heel ties to that country, to New Zealand looking for touristy things to do and to Saudi Arabia in the days leading up to the Gulf War.