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Reporter says goodbye Raleigh, hello NYC!

Posted October 27, 2010

If you watch WRAL News, you might have noticed that someone's been missing lately. Reporter Dan Bowens said goodbye to our WRAL family recently and accepted a job as a general assignment reporter at a New York City TV station, WNYW FOX 5 News.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to return home and work for the station I grew up watching," he said.

Dan made his first on-air appearance in New York on Oct. 18 and announced on Twitter that he "almost had a story where they wanted me to call The Donald/Donald Trump." Instead, he got a "subway troubles" story, he wrote.

Just yesterday, Dan tweeted about his most-recent story.

"Tonight I will be reporting on just what may have caused a 'drunk and naked Charlie Sheen' to trash his Manhattan hotel suite," he wrote. You can see his story here.

Dan worked at WRAL for 4 ½ years and previously reported at WINK-TV in Fort Myers, Fla., and KEPR-TV in Pasco, Wash. A Montclair, N.J., native and graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Dan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English. He is a two-time Emmy Award winner and an Associated Press Award recipient.

You may remember that I featured Dan in an Inside WRAL blogpost in June 2009. In it, he talked about his family's passion for the news business.

His grandfather was an anchor at a Los Angeles TV station, his father is a video tape editor and his mom was a producer. His brother, Ben, is an online editor at CBS 3 in Philadelphia, and his stepfather is Byron Pitts, who works as a contributor for 60 Minutes and is the chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.

WRAL News Director Rick Gall said he knew Dan "was destined for a larger stage after watching his election night reports from the Obama victory celebration in Chicago … his live shots were outstanding."

In an e-mail to the newsroom, Rick praised Dan for his "competitive zeal, desire to learn, committment to quality reporting and strong live skills."

I couldn't agree more and want to wish Dan the best of luck in New York City! Please join me in congratulating him.


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