When the red light comes on, Vic Carter dives into news copy with a commanding tone, knowing the importance of the stories he covers. Vic brings experience, depth, meaning, insight, and perspective to the day's top news. He does this out of love for a profession that spans more than 40 years, multiple continents, and the countless world and national events he has covered firsthand.
Vic made his first television appearance two days after graduating with honors from Morehead State University and has performed what he loves every day since. Today, Vic is a lead anchor for WJZ's highly rated and award-winning 4, 6, and 11 p.m. newscasts.
Vic is a seasoned journalist who doesn't shy away from leaving the anchor desk to take viewers wherever the story is. He has covered news in many countries, including Liberia, Kenya, Italy, Cuba, Colombia, Mexico, every corner of the United States, and points in between. He was the only Baltimore broadcast journalist to originate his newscast from The Vatican after the death of Pope John Paul II. Vic has met and interviewed some of the most influential newsmakers in the world, including Presidents Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He has talked with other world leaders and history makers, including Nelson Mandela, Bishop Desmond Tutu, Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Arthur Ashe, Sidney Poitier, and many more. However, when you ask him, he will tell you his most important interviews have been with local newsmakers who are a part of our everyday lives.
Vic started his career in Lynchburg, Virginia, and proceeded to markets in Raleigh, N.C., Atlanta, Georgia, and Baltimore, Maryland. He has been working with WJZ for more than 26 years. Vic has received some of broadcasting's highest awards during his career, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and several Emmy nominations. The highly rated 11 p.m. show, which he anchors, won a local Emmy.
Vic knows that if he is to cover the news of neighborhoods and the people who live there, he must give of himself. For three years, Vic volunteered, serving as the media chairperson for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. His contributions were crucial in transforming this effort from a $100,000 idea into a $120 million completed and fully funded four-acre memorial. He did this while maintaining his position as a news anchor for WJZ. Vic is a member of the prestigious National Press Club, The National Association of Black Journalists, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated.
Vic enjoys cooking, writing, and collecting art when not on-the-air. He has donated portions of his extensive collection, establishing art programs at two churches in honor of his parents. He hopes to inspire others to be likewise philanthropic.
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