Brian Shrader

Brian Shrader


Professional Experience:
2006 to present: reporter, WRAL-TV; 2005 to 2006: Web producer, WTVD-TV, Durham, N.C.; 2003 to 2005: producer, News 14 Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.; 2001 to 2003: reporter/anchor, WPTF-AM, Raleigh, N.C.; 1996 to 2001: Web editor/assignment editor, WRAL-TV

News Philosophy:
Journalists play a vital role in our republic. This is a grave responsibility. Think critically and report honestly, fairly and accurately.


Mass Communication, Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C.


Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:

Playing piano and (attempting) song writing; travel

Family & Pets:
I have a tank full of ghost shrimp! They are the ideal pets; they require almost NO responsibility! Although, when I eat shrimp and grits, I’m sure to cover the tank so they can’t see.

Favorite Books & Movies:

I enjoy non-fiction and essayists. Florence King, Peggy Noonan and James Lileks are some of my favorite writers.

My Netflix queue is full of classic TV shows. I’m hooked on shows like the original “Hawaii Five-O,” “The Rockford Files,” “Murder She Wrote,” “Dallas,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “The Bob Newhart Show.” I think “The Sopranos” is probably the best –ever TV drama, and “The Andy Griffith Show” is the best sitcom ever produced.

I like old movies. "All About Eve," "Sunset Boulevard," any Orson Welles film – things of that sort. I also have a deep affection for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." What a movie. I love a good documentary, too.

I also love old-time radio. The original radio “Gunsmoke” is my favorite radio drama. The stories, the acting, the sound effects – sixty years later, the material still is stunning. My favorite radio comedy is “Vic and Sade.” It’s a wonderful, absurd look into the mundane.

Favorite Websites:
The Verge, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Engadget

Likes Best About North Carolina:

The real question is: What do I not like about North Carolina? Even if I could think of something, do you think I'd put it here?

This state is a perfect mix of the pastoral and the cosmopolitan. It's changing, but the best qualities remain. "Viva Mayberry," I say.

Most Memorable Assignments:
I'm a little forgetful. Let's see – being a serious aviation geek, I've always enjoyed any chance to fly in Sky 5. It's the only way to travel.

Covering the Michael Peterson murder trial for WPTF Radio was my first real assignment as a reporter. It was fascinating. Radio reporting is a blast. I enjoyed playing with sound and using it to tell stories.

Once upon a time, I also did some off-air reporting for television – going out and shooting a story, writing it, letting an anchor record their voice on it, then editing it. It really helped me appreciate the work a photographer does in our business. There's nothing like lugging a big camera, lights and a tripod for a mile in Harnett County in mid-July. I hold news photographers in the highest esteem.

More About Brian:
I grew up in Fuquay, watching "Action News 5" with Charlie Gaddy, Adele Arakawa, Bob DeBardelaben and Tom Suiter. From the time I could comprehend having a job, I always wanted to work at WRAL-TV.

Here I am, and I'm having the time of my life.

I really want to thank our viewers for their remarkable kindness since I started. Becoming part of their day is a real privilege, and I appreciate it.