Bryan Mims

Bryan Mims is a general assignment reporter for WRAL News' Fayetteville bureau.

WRAL reporter

Professional Experience:
2006 to present: general assignment reporter, WRAL-TV; 2000 to 2006: general assignment reporter, KPHO-TV, Phoeniz, Ariz.; 1999 to 2000: general assignment reporter, WSPA-TV, Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C.; 1994 to 1999: reporter/anchor/photographer, WLTX-TV, Columbia, S.C.

Awards & Recognition:
Regional Emmy Award, 2003, Feature story "Spirits Anyone?"
Regional Emmy Award, 2010, Haiti earthquake coverage
Regional Emmy Award, 2010, Political coverage, "Main Street North Carolina"
Associated Press News Writing, 2012
2012 Television News Reporter of the Year, Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas
Gabriel Award, 2017, for coverage of "A Heart for Al-J"
Multimedia Journalist of the Year, 2019, Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas

Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, 1998, University of South Carolina

News Philosophy:
My news philosophy is simple: Make sure that every story I do is fair, well-written, compelling and memorable.

Birthplace:
Florence, S.C.

Hobbies, Interests & Community Involvement:
My wife, Alison, and I love rivers. We are avid canoeists, so you'll likely find us whiling away a weekend paddling the Cape Fear in a canoe or kayak. We enjoy camping, hiking and exploring back roads.

Family:
I have been married to a wonderful woman, Alison, since March 1999. We have three sons – Silas, born 2007, Asher, born 2009, and Gabriel, born June 2012.

Favorite Books:
"Travels with Charley" John Steinbeck
"Blue Highways" William Least-Heat Moon
"What's So Amazing About Grace" Philip Yancey
"Life on the Mississippi" Mark Twain
"On Writing Well" William Zinsser

Favorite Movies:
Chevy Chase movies from the 1980s, especially the "Vacation" franchise
"Ford Verses Ferrari"
"Forrest Gump"

Likes Best About North Carolina:
There's so much I love about North Carolina that I don't know where to begin. I love the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Smoky Mountains, Asheville, Ashe County, Mount Mitchell, vinegar-based barbecue, sweet tea, tobacco fields, tobacco barns, the sand hills, longleaf pine trees, cypress trees with Spanish moss, the beaches with sea oats swaying in the wind. I love Albemarle Sound, the Outer Banks, the alligators at Orton Plantation near Wilmington, the Alligator River, the Lumber River, the Neuse River, the Davidson River. I could go on ... but you get the picture.

Most Memorable Assignments:
My most interesting interview was with nobody famous. He was a 90-year-old man named Ed Fouts who still goes off-roading through the Arizona desert in his 1975 jeep. Priceless interview.

More About Bryan:
I grew up in Greenville, S.C., where I cut my teeth in journalism as a writer for a weekly newspaper in the suburbs of Greenville. But broadcasting always had a powerful allure. My hero in the industry is the late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt, a Carolina native himself. I admired his voice, his writing and his ability to craft a story. From the time I was 15, I knew I wanted to do what he did. I longed to travel America -- and the world -- in pursuit of news (or just a good, compelling story). While newspaper reporting was fun in its own right, the marriage of pictures, sound and words proved irresistible, so I pursued a television career.

My wife and I quit our television jobs in 2004 to travel the smallest roads we could find throughout the western U.S. We bought a raggedy 1982 Fleetwood trailer, only 15 feet long, and hauled it across 10 western states. During that time, we also traveled with a church in Phoenix, Ariz., to shoot documentaries in Paraguay, Brazil, Honduras and China. In 2005, my wife and I spent three months in Honduras to produce documentaries on church missions there. We have also been on mission trips to Uganda and Nigeria.