Renee Chou

Renee Chou

Anchor/Reporter

Professional Experience:
2004 to present: anchor/reporter, WRAL-TV; 1998 to 2004: anchor/reporter, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 1997-1998: general assignment reporter, KOMU-TV, Columbia, Mo.

Awards & Recognition:
Renee’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy along the Outer Banks earned her a Regional Emmy for Weekend Newscast and “Best Weather Reporting” from the NC Associated Press Broadcast Awards. She also won a Regional Emmy for News Special in 2013, covering the Kathy Taft murder trial. Her stories have garnered awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Association and Missouri Broadcasters Association.

News Philosophy:
To tell fair, accurate and compelling stories that matter.

Education: 
Bachelor of Journalism, 1998, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

Hometown:
Farmington Hills, Mich.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I'm a jack of all trades. I play tennis, play the piano, sing and dance -- but I don't perform any of those talents well enough to give up my day job! I currently serve on the board of the Wake County Community Foundation. I’m also a past president and founding member of the North Carolina chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Family:
Husband Mike and daughter Elsa

Favorite Books:
I'm obsessed with memoirs-- few things are more compelling than a person's story told through its most authentic voice. My favorites: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt; "The Liars Club" by Mary Karr; "Growing Up" by Russell Baker; "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls; "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom; and "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan. Other top picks: "Longitudes and Attitudes" by Thomas Friedman; "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden; "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini; and "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck.

Likes Best About North Carolina:
Friendly people and the mild winter (when you compare it to the bitter cold and snow of the Midwest!)

Most Memorable Assignments:
Covering the McCain campaign in Phoenix on Election Day 2008; reporting live from the EQ explosion in Apex for 14 hours straight for WRAL, CBS Early Show and CNN; taking a ride in an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base-- without getting sick!; weathering hurricanes and covering tornado aftermath – the events are heartbreaking but the resilience afterward always restores my faith in the human spirit.