WRAL-TV sports anchor Jeff Gravley was named North Carolina Sportscaster of the Year Thursday, January 8, 2015, by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
It is the second time Gravley has claimed the honor, also winning in 1998.
“I work for a great company that gives me a platform to succeed,” Gravley said. “I am also part of the best sports team around. I share the recognition with them. Thank you to those that have helped me along the way and to those that have shared their stories with me.”
Of Gravley’s numerous 2014 highlights, he led two-weeks of field anchoring for the men’s and women’s U.S. Opens and hosted a weekly 30-minute show on Saturday’s with former East Carolina coach Steve Logan.
Gravley started at WRAL in 1985 as an intern and worked as a photographer, reporter and anchor before leaving for Cleveland in 2000. He returned to WRAL in 2003 and has been the primary anchor since 2008.
Stan Cotton of IMG Sports Network shared sportscaster of the year honors in North Carolina this year with Gravley. Ed Hardin of the News & Record in Greensboro was honored with North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year.
The NSSA has been recognizing top sports broadcasters and writers for 56 years. This year’s Hall of Fame class included Bill Raftery, Dick Schaap, Hal McCoy and Lesley Visser. National award winners are Mike “Doc” Emrick as sportscaster and Tom Verducci as sportswriter.
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