John Carter is the co-anchor of WBTV News This Morning and WBTV News at Noon. He also co-hosts Carolina Camera on WBTV, the monthly prime time show that highlights the most fascinating and interesting people, places and things in the Carolinas.
Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri, just across the Missouri River from St. Louis.
Family: Mom, Shirley, is a Missouri native but his dad, Billy, is from North Carolina. They were married in Foristell, Missouri and lived in nearby St. Charles. When John was nine, his family moved to Shelby...several moves also followed. John also grew up in Swannanoa, Black Mountain, and Asheville. John and his wife Becky live in Charlotte. He has two adult children, both are married.
Education: Three years at Owen High School in Swannanoa then senior year at Crest High School in Shelby. After high school, it was off to Appalachian State University in Boone where John graduated with a degree in Communication Arts with a concentration in Broadcasting.
Career: Not long after graduating from ASU, John began working at WBTV as a news assistant. Over the course of the next few years, John had many roles at WBTV, including general assignment reporter, consumer reporter, Western Bureau Chief/reporter, news producer/consumer producer, and news producer/managing editor. He was also host of the popular Carolina Camera feature, traveling across North and South Carolina to bring back stories of interesting and unusual people, places and things.
Following his work on Carolina Camera, John left WBTV and formed his own video production business. He also opened what turned out to be a very successful comic book shop, Off The Wall Comics, that he later turned over to his brother Allan.
During his time away from WBTV, John became very involved in politics and was elected to the North Carolina Senate, representing the 25th District which was made up of Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln and Rutherford Counties. John chose not to run for a second term because of family and business considerations.
When he left the Senate, John began work with Mecklenburg County as a Public Information Specialist where he supervised the county's video production work and acted as a county spokesperson. Just a few years later, WBTV came calling again, and John returned to the station to anchor the WBTV News Morning Show and later, WBTV News at Noon.
Honors: Over the course of the years, John has won numerous awards and honors for his video and journalistic work. He's also a recipient of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, which is North Carolina's highest civilian award.
Personal Cause: In late 2005, John was diagnosed with prostate cancer, the number one cancer in men in the United States. He's done a series of stories on his diagnosis and continues to do updates on his treatment as well as stories on the latest in medical research and technology. Following a third biopsy, doctors were not able to find any cancer, so John is now being treated under an "active surveillance" program. John works closely with the American Cancer Society to get out the message about the life saving importance of early detection. If you'd like John to speak to your group, church or association about prostate cancer, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org . John is also a strong supporter of reading and over the years has visited countless schools and other organizations to speak about the importance of reading. If you would like John to come speak to your school or organization about reading, you can also contact him at email@example.com
Hobbies: John's favorite activity is spending time with family and friends. He loves sports as well. John is a regular runner (but he readily admits he's not fast, although he's steady) and has participated in many road races in Charlotte and across the Carolinas. He completed his first marathon (the Myrtle Beach Marathon) in 2007...he's also completed the Marine Corps Marathon two times. John is the coach of the WBTV Softball team as well as a player. He has season tickets to the Carolina Panthers, loves skiing in the N.C. mountains and going to ASU Mountaineer football games. He plays golf as often as he can with his son Jerry, brother Allan, and good friend and co-worker Chuck Roads. John and former WBTV meteorologist Chris Suchan, who is now the chief meteorologist at KCTV in Kansas City, also get together on a regular basis to play golf and go to NFL football games. John is also a collector of sports cards, action figures and other memorabilia.
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