WRAL reporter Amanda Lamb was standing outside the federal courthouse in Raleigh today when all of a sudden – BAM! – something sharp hit her on the head.
She quickly grabbed her head in shock, not realizing it was an errant acorn that attacked her. Lucky for Amanda, she was OK. Lucky for us, it was all caught on camera during today's noon news.
Like a true professional, she kept going despite the pain.
"Raleigh is famous for its acorn drop on New Year’s Eve. I just never thought I would be the recipient of an acorn drop on live television!" Amanda said. "I’m just glad that I was able to hold my tongue and not say something I would regret later!"
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We're saying goodbye today to WRAL reporter Erin Hartness, who has accepted a job at Duke University. She'll be the public relations manager for the Fuqua School of Business, which has satellite campuses around the world.
Erin joined WRAL News in 2007 and worked in our Durham bureau. Before that, she was a reporter at WYFF-TV in Greenville, S.C., an anchor at WDUN-FM in Gainsville, Ga., and a reporter at KSPR-TV in Springfield, Mo., and KOMU-TV in Columbia, Mo.
"Erin has done a really nice job in the Durham bureau. That's no easy accomplishment given the high demands and challenges there," said WRAL News Director Rick Gall. "Erin really worked her beats, enterprising and breaking stories. Her determination and dedication are impressive. Her insistence on accuracy and perspective in stories is admirable. Some of her finest work came in the last two years, as the UNC football investigation unfolded."
A Gainsville, Ga., native and graduate of the University of...
UNC President emeritus William Friday's death came with many recollections of my meetings with him, especially when I was a young photographer.
It was about 1985, and I was working nightside with reporter Claren Scott to chase down some controversy at UNC in Chapel Hill. I can't remember the issue, but Claren knew that scoring an interview with UNC President Bill Friday was the only way to make the story packageable.
Nothing was set up. No appointment made. We drove into Chapel Hill in the dark of night and worked up the courage to walk up the steps of the president's home on Franklin Street. We fully expected to be turned away. Claren suggested I turn my camera light on and start rolling before she rang the bell. I hated ambush interviews. President Friday had every right to either not answer the door or slam it in our face as soon as he saw the blinding light and the microphone aimed at the opening in the door.
We expected a butler, but it was Bill Friday himself....
If you ever have an afternoon with no particular place to go and no particular thing to do, I have an idea – especially for that inner historian in many of you. Visit the NC Archives and History library in downtown Raleigh. Ask for a microfilm newspaper reel, pick a month and year from your childhood. You will experience an incredible rush of memories that you didn't even know you had.
I chose The Raleigh Times, because I was one of their paperboys in 1969 til about 1972. I picked the year 1968, a pivotal year in the history of the country and Raleigh definitely experienced the ripples of that year's changes. I was 9 years old, in the 4th grade at Myrtle Underwood Elementary. Raleigh was a much different city than it is today. In fact, every business, including WRAL TV, was quite different. Here's what hit me with just one article from January 25, 1968.
'Raleighites Tell Greatest Needs'
My first reaction is to the article's title: I don't think the term "Raleighites"...
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