Under the Dome

Former WRAL anchor Hyland hired as information officer at State Board of Elections

Former WRAL and WRAZ Fox 50 anchor Jackie Hyland has a new role – in state government as the public information officer at the State Board of Elections.

The board announced the move Monday. Hyland begins work on Wednesday.

Hyland will be paid $67,998 annually, according to the board’s general counsel.

Kim Strach, the board’s executive director, said in a statement officials there are “thrilled she chose to serve our state’s voters during a critical time for elections in North Carolina.”

Hyland, in the same statement, said she looks forward to keeping the public informed.

The board on Monday released a biography sheet about Hyland that misspelled U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis’ name (saying she once covered him in a debate) and notes that she once “interviewed Richard Branson on his yacht off lower Manhattan when the billionaire attempted to break a record and sail across the Atlantic.”

The bio also notes that Hyland lived in Ireland from age 9, when her family moved abroad to “take over their ancestral properties,” until she returned to the U.S. to attend college.

“Standing a statuesque five feet, ten inches, Hyland was also a successful runway model in the Emerald Isle,” the bio sheet says.

Hyland worked for TV stations in Dallas and New York before coming to Raleigh in 2011. She replaced Pam Saulsby as an anchor on evening newscasts.

Earlier this year, Hyland took time off to deal with a medical situation known as Dysphonia, which is a medical term for disorders of the voice.

Her departure was confirmed in June.

In July, WRAL announced that Lynda Loveland would move from the morning newscast to evenings to replace Hyland.