Richard Adkins

Photojournalist

Professional experience: While finishing my high school senior year, I joined Explorer Scouting Post 5, a scout troop sponsored by WRAL-TV. I was hired from there as a part-time, and eventually full-time, studio production member.

But I wanted to get in to News. I left to work as a news photographer in New Bern, NC, at WCTI. From there it was on to WTVC in Chattanooga, TN, and KWTV in Oklahoma City, OK. But I wanted to raise my daughter in the Tar Heel State and moved back home in 1993, rejoining the incredible staff of WRAL-TV.

News philosophy: My title is Photojournalist, but I consider myself a Storyteller. I believe all news stories are about people. I try to introduce the viewer to people they may never meet, but would enjoy spending some time getting to know.

Education: Everyday I learn something new.

Birthplace: North Carolina

Hobbies, interests, community involvement: Avid paddler and a member of the Carolina Kayak Club

Family and pets: A blended family consisting of 3 grown daughters and my wife, Marsha.

Favorite books and movies: Whatever is in my hand or the screen at the time. I enjoy a good adventure story, something with a twist and plenty of turns.

Like best about North Carolina: There is so much to do in North Carolina, from theater to outdoor recreation. I love that in just minutes of leaving my house I can be in a rural area and wander.

Most memorable assignment: That's an oft-asked question and too difficult to single out an answer. I was in Moscow for the Reagan / Gorbachev summit, drank warm Fanta from a shared glass in Gorky Park. I was in Honduras and stumbled in to the rehearsals for the Miss Universe pageant. I spent 24 hours underwater in the Nuclear Submarine North Carolina, fighting off my claustrophobia the entire time. I sat down to lunch with the parents of a co-worker, while covering the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas. All of these adventures stick in my mind, as do the everyday stories and people I spend time with along the way.