Jeff Gravley

Jeff Gravley

Anchor

Professional Experience:
Jeff started as a sports intern at WRAL-TV in 1985 and was hired as a full-time news photographer before switching back to the sports department. In addition to shooting sports, he started reporting on sporting events and earned a shot in the anchor chair in 1995. Jeff served as the main sports anchor for the 10 p.m. sportscast until May 2000. From 2000 until 2003, he was the lead sports anchor at WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio. He moved from the chill of Ohio back to WRAL in March 2003, anchoring the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. sportscasts. In 2008, he succeeded legendary sports anchor Tom Suiter as WRAL’s primary sports anchor at 6, 10 and 11 p.m.

Awards & Recognition:
A four-time regional Emmy Award winner. Multiple awards in AP and RTNDAC sports photography, reporting and anchoring. Currently has a vote for the Heisman Trophy, Biletnikoff Award and has served as an AP football poll voter. Won 2004 Russ Catlin national award for motor sports reporting and was named the 1998 North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. A 2007 inductee into the J.F. Webb High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

News Philosophy:
This is the most unique sports market in the country with so many outstanding schools, teams and people to cover. My goal each and every day is to be accurate, fair and balanced. I really enjoy telling stories about the people who play and coach the game regardless of what school color they wear.

Education:
1981 graduate of J.F. Webb High School in Oxford, N.C. Attended East Carolina for one year. Graduated from North Carolina State University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication.

Birthplace:
Born in Rocky Mount, N.C. and raised in Oxford, N.C.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I enjoy working out, sitting by the seaside and listening to all types of music – especially Jimmy Buffet.

Family & Pets:
Wife, Mary; daughter, Megan. THEY have a Chihuahua named Bella

Favorite Books & Movies:
I enjoy all sports biographies and anything written by John Feinstein. One of my favorite books is “A Pirate Looks at Fifty,” written by Jimmy Buffett. He’s a whale of a writer! “Field of Dreams” remains my favorite movie for so many reasons.

Likes Best About North Carolina:
What I like best about North Carolina is that it is my home. Not only do I have family and friends here but also experiences that can’t be duplicated.

Most Memorable Assignments:
It's impossible to choose just one, so here are several in no particular order: My first trip to the Super Bowl, which was Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots; the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs – what an experience to cover two Game 7 wins at the RBC Center and to see hockey played in Edmonton; the many, many trips to the Final Four – 17 and counting; the 1999 and 2005 U.S. Opens at Pinehurst; Jim Valvano's "Never Give Up" speech at Reynolds Coliseum; Ohio State's national football championship win over Miami in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl; a 40-minute visit with Michael Jordan when he was playing Minor League Baseball ; and working on a one-year documentary on LeBron James when he was in high school.