A Look Back at the Peabody That Started Bill Leslie’s TV Career

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WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Bill Leslie

WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Bill Leslie will retire on Friday, June 29, 2018, after 39 years with the Big 5.  In 2016, CBC History Researcher Pam Parris Allen, who actually directed Leslie’s audition to be an on-air Action News 5 anchor during her days in the newsroom, penned a CBC history piece about Leslie during his award-winning days at WRAL-FM.

“In this article you’ll read about his award-winning work that earned a Peabody Award for WRAL-FM,” Allen told Capcom.  “That is what caught the eye of everyone at WRAL-TV. They brought him over as Managing News Editor. He eventually won more prestigious awards as the first environmental television reporter in the southeast! Plus, he won a second Peabody Award…and more awards.”

As Allen told Capcom, “Bill is a journalist with a capitol J.”

And tune in to WRAL-TV on Thursday, June 28th at 7pm for a half-hour special, Bill Leslie: An Extraordinary Career, which takes a look back on his remarkable career.

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