Lena Tillett

Lena Tillett

WRAL anchor/reporter

Professional Experience: August 2016 to present: anchor/reporter, WRAL-TV/ FOX 50; January 2014 to July 2016: anchor/reporter, WOWT-TV; July 2013 to December 2013: freelance reporter, News 12 the Bronx & Brooklyn; July 2010 to May 2012: production assistant, ESPN Radio & ESPN New York.

News Philosophy: Journalism is a service. It’s our duty to listen, expose the truth and provide the community with the information it needs to lead better lives. I believe a well-told story builds bridges and brings insight into worlds we otherwise would not have known about.


B.A. Government, English, Georgetown University, 2009

M.A. Journalism (News & Documentary), New York University, 2013

Hometown: Washington D.C.

Hobbies, Interests, Community Involvement: Love to travel! I've been fortunate to travel to Africa several times, but two of my favorite trips were to the beautiful countries of Tanzania and Burundi. Also love reading, live music, museums, and trying new foods!

Family: I have a large family in Maryland and Washington D.C. We’re very close, and very loud.

Favorite Books & Movies: Recently I’ve grown to enjoy non-fiction, but I’ve always been an avid fiction reader. Can’t narrow down favorite books, but three favorite authors: Toni Morrison, Zadie Smith, Gabriel Garcia Marquez. And Gladiator is hands down my favorite movie. Who doesn't love a good revenge story?!

Likes Best About North Carolina: Mountains, beach, great food, kind people.

Most Memorable Assignment(s):

Some memorable assignments include several trips to Ghana for my documentary thesis on an aquaponic farming business, President Obama's surprise home-visit in Omaha, and covering the tenacity of residents willing to rebuild a small Nebraska town ravaged by two tornadoes. Perhaps my favorite was of a 6-year-old girl, who was wounded by a stray bullet on her sixth birthday. By seven, she was up and running again and just as joyful as ever. Her story, and stories like it have the power to inspire, and it's my honor to share them.