|Local NAACP Honors WRAL-TV’s Renee McCoy|
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) of South Central Wake County recently bestowed its Community Service Award on WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Renee McCoy. At its 4th Annual Life Membership Gala on Saturday, October 20, the organization honored McCoy along with seven others.
WRAL-TV Anchor/Reporter Renee McCoy
“I was actually shocked when I received the call that I was being considered for the award,” said McCoy. “I was terribly nervous when I went to the stage to accept the award, it’s totally different when you’re asked to MC and event or Moderate a panel, but to be on the receiving end is very humbling.”
The South Central Wake County Branch of the NAACP described McCoy’s early dedication to those around her at a young age: “At 12, Renee decided to become a journalist in an effort to call for improvements for her people and her community.” She
had spent her growing up year in an inner city neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, and then near the infamous Watts neighborhood in Los Angeles.
After graduating from Florida A&M, McCoy, early in her reporting career, covered a press conference of the Ku Klux Klan in Georgia. She began work at WRAL-TV 20 years ago as a general assignment reporter. She also worked at the station as an investigative and consumer reporter, special assignment education reporter and news anchor. She currently co-anchors the noon news.
“I have always felt my job is that of a Public Servant, I work for the people,” said McCoy. “Our viewers are more than an audience. They keep me focused, motivated and dedicated to serve.”
McCoy volunteers for long list of organizations such as Wake County Communities in Schools, Pines of Carolina Girl Scouts and Morning Star Baptist Church. She tutor-mentors young teen mothers, chairs the scholarship committee at her church, and has taught for the Raleigh Police Department as well as teaching television production at Meredith College.