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Longtime local news director retires after 50 years in broadcast journalism

News director Rick Willis (center), photographed in 2002 in the Time Warner News 14 Carolina newsroom in Raleigh.
News director Rick Willis (center), photographed in 2002 in the Time Warner News 14 Carolina newsroom in Raleigh. Mel Nathanson

Rick Willis, news director for Spectrum News (formerly Time Warner News 14 Carolina), has retired after 50 years in broadcast journalism.

Willis’ retirement was effective Oct. 5.

Before helping launch News 14 Carolina in 2001, Willis worked at WTVD from 1993 to 2001. He has also worked at stations in Charlotte; Houston; St. Paul, Minn., and Baton Rouge. La. He worked for WUNC-TV in Chapel Hill from 1973-75.

According to the Spectrum News website, Willis was a producer on assignment at the U.S. military base in Beirut when Jihadists launched their first large scale attack on U.S. forces, killing more than 230 soldiers. He won an Emmy in 1985 for his coverage of the Ethiopian famine.

Willis is a native of Cherryville, N.C.

Brooke Cain: 919-829-4579, @brookecain

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