Renee Chou

Renee Chou

WRAL anchor/reporter

Professional Experience:
2004 to present: anchor/reporter, WRAL-TV; 1998 to 2004: anchor/reporter, KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; 1997-1998: general assignment reporter, KOMU-TV, Columbia, Mo.

Awards & Recognition:
Renee’s work has earned her three Regional Emmys, most recently for General Assignment in 2015. Renee’s coverage of Hurricane Sandy along the Outer Banks earned her a Regional Emmy for Weekend Newscast and “Best Weather Reporting” from the NC Associated Press Broadcast Awards. She also won a Regional Emmy for News Special in 2013, covering the Kathy Taft murder trial. Her stories have garnered awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas, Iowa Associated Press Broadcasters Association and Missouri Broadcasters Association.

News Philosophy:
To tell fair, accurate and compelling stories that matter.

Bachelor of Journalism, 1998, University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.

Farmington Hills, Mich.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
I once saw a quote that read: “I never know what to say when people ask me what my hobbies are. I mean, I’m a Mom. I enjoy trips to the bathroom alone and silence.” How true! I don’t have much downtime, but that’s ok – I love being with my toddler. I also love hiking, camping, trips to the beach, a good book, and musicals. Pre-mom, I played tennis, the piano, and danced -- but I don't perform any of those talents well enough to give up my day job!

I served on the board of the Wake County Community Foundation for 2 years. I’m also a past president and founding member of the North Carolina chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association. I enjoy emceeing dozens of community events every year, including walks, races, concerts, panel discussions, even political debates. I also like visiting schools to read to kids, answer their questions about the news industry, and tell them why I love being a television journalist.

Husband Mike and daughter Elsa

Favorite Books:
I'm obsessed with memoirs-- few things are more compelling than a person's story told through its most authentic voice. My favorites: "Angela's Ashes" by Frank McCourt; "The Liars Club" by Mary Karr; "Growing Up" by Russell Baker; "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls; "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom; and "The Opposite of Fate" by Amy Tan. Other top picks: "Longitudes and Attitudes" by Thomas Friedman; "Memoirs of a Geisha" by Arthur Golden; "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini; and "The Good Earth" by Pearl S. Buck.

Likes Best About North Carolina:
Friendly people and the mild winter (when you compare it to the bitter cold and snow of the Midwest!)

Most Memorable Assignments:
Covering the McCain campaign in Phoenix on Election Day 2008; reporting live from the EQ explosion in Apex for 14 hours straight for WRAL, CBS Early Show and CNN; taking a ride in an F-15E Strike Eagle at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base-- without getting sick!; weathering hurricanes and covering tornado aftermath – the events are heartbreaking but the resilience afterward always restores my faith in the human spirit.