Jennifer Joyner

Assignment editor

Professional Experience:
I started my reporting career while still in college, at WPDE-TV in Florence, South Carolina. I then spent several years in radio, as news director and morning show co-host at Oldies 96.5, WFLB-FM in Fayetteville. I started working at WRAL in 1998 and while here, I’ve worn many hats: news clerk, assignment editor, assignment manager, just to name a few. Currently, I anchor radio newscasts for two Fayetteville radio stations: Foxy 99 and 96.5 The Drive. I also assist the assignment desk with their daily newsgathering needs, particularly in Fayetteville. And I write for Lots of hats!

Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a Concentration in Broadcasting, 1996
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

News Philosophy:
To provide information to the public that is fair, accurate and compassionate.


Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
When I can put my news junkie tendencies aside (with great effort), I am focused on my family and my community. To those ends, I serve on the Children’s Weekday Ministries Board and the Children’s Ministry Team at Haymount United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. Whenever I can find a spare moment, I write as much as I can.

My dream came true in 2010 when my first book, Designated Fat Girl, was published by Globe Pequot Press. It is a food addiction memoir, about my struggle with morbid obesity, and how I overcame it. My mission is to help others in the same situation to know they are not alone….and I want the medical community to step up and realize food addiction is a real problem that needs to be recognized and treated effectively.

Watch the book trailer

Link to my website:

And I never pass up an opportunity to watch college basketball. Go Blue Devils!

Family & Pets:
I’ve been married to Michael Joyner, another member of the WRAL-TV Fayetteville Bureau Team, for 15 years. We have a daughter, Emma, and a son, Eli. Our first baby is a Jack Russell Terrier named Sasha.

Favorite Books & Movies:
Too many to name! For books, I tend to lean toward compelling non-fiction. “A Million Little Pieces” by James Frey (yes, even with the controversy) comes to mind, as does Elizabeth Edwards’ memoir “Saving Graces.” I do love a good fiction book once in a while, and one of my favorites is “I Don’t Know How She Does It” by Allison Pearson. For movies, I gravitate toward chick flicks, much to my husband’s chagrin! A few of my favorites are “Steel Magnolias,” “The Notebook” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

Likes Best About North Carolina:
It’s my home. I have never lived anywhere else and I wouldn’t want to!

Most Memorable Assignments:
Being on the assignment desk on 9/11. The information was coming in so fast and we had to react to it so quickly, it was difficult to absorb it all. It’s the only time I’ve had to step away for a few moments to collect myself.

Also, one of my first assignments as a young reporter was covering the murder of Michael Jordan’s father, James Jordan in Robeson County. I was surrounded by national reporters from all the major networks…talk about being thrown into the fire!