Debra Morgan

Debra Morgan

WRAL anchor/reporter

Professional Experience:
1993 to present: anchor, WRAL-TV; 1990 to 1993: reporter, Jacksonville, Fla.; 1988 to 1990: reporter/anchor, Toledo, Ohio

Awards & Recognition:
Ten-time Emmy Award winner; 2017 NC Association of Broadcasters Anchor of the Year; 2015 RTDNAC Anchor of the Year; 2006 Five Star Award (WRAL Employee of the Year); Women of Achievement Award in Journalism from the North Carolina Woman’s Club; Leadership Triangle Graduate

News Philosophy:
It's our responsibility to present interesting, factual, objective and relevant information as quickly and accurately as possible. I know some news isn't always pleasant to hear, but not providing that news would be a disservice. At the same time, I enjoy when we can have fun providing the light-hearted stories of the day.

Bachelor of Science in Communication and Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, 1988, University of Miami

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
JDRF (Triangle Chapter), ALS Association (Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter), American Heart Association, Methodist Home for Children, Caring Community Foundation, Dorcas Ministries, Dress for Success, and Pretty In Pink.

Family & Pets:
Husband, Scott; dog, Harper

Likes Best About North Carolina:
The weather, except when it gets too cold! But most of all, the warm people who have made me feel like this is home

Most Memorable Assignments

What an amazing time I had reporting from the 2016 Olympics in Rio! Being in Paris to cover the aftermath of the terrorist attacks was powerful. I spent a day at the White House, which included interviewing President Obama. My initiation into ACC basketball was memorable - doing live reports (covered in beer!) from Franklin Street when UNC won it all in 1993. I was trying to get an interview with one of the suspects in the slaying of Michael Jordan's father, and the suspect’s father fired a gun at us. Being in the eye of Hurricane Bertha when it hit Wrightsville Beach made me appreciate the ferocity of such storms! What a thrill to cover the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 from Canada to Raleigh for the ultimate win of the Stanley Cup! And, I enjoyed reporting on Garner’s own Scotty McCreery from top 50 to the eventual winner of American Idol in Los Angeles.