Jamie Boll has been a broadcast journalist for more than 30 years. His career began in 1988 while still in college at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. He started as a part-time sports photographer, mostly shooting high school sports highlights. After graduation he took a job as a news producer, eventually moving to a role as reporter and weekend anchor.
In 1993 he moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take a weekday morning anchor job at WWMT-TV. A couple of years later he became the anchor of the station’s 5:30, 6 and 11 pm newscasts while serving as the newsroom’s managing editor.
Jamie came to WBTV in Charlotte in March of 2005. He was hired to anchor the 5:30 pm newscast and work as an investigative reporter. When the station launched a 4pm newscast, Jamie was chosen to co-anchor it as well. He continued that role until April of 2018 when the station launched another new newscast called On Your Side Tonight. The nightly 7:30 pm broadcast is different than other newscasts in that it takes a deeper look at the issues facing our community. More change came in January of 2019, when Jamie was named the co-anchor of WBTV News at 5 and 6 pm alongside Maureen O’Boyle. He now does those two newscasts in addition to On Your Side Tonight.
Jamie has traveled the nation and the world during his reporting career. He’s been to Arizona to cover the immigration impact on the Carolinas and to India to report on the outsourcing of high-tech jobs. Prior to that he traveled to Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch and to Albania and Kosovo to report on the Balkan war.
Jamie has won numerous awards for his journalism. In 2018, the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas named him News Anchor of the Year. He won an Emmy for Consumer Investigative reporting in 2017. Several different times the newscasts he has co-anchored were named the best in the state and he was won many individual awards for his reporting.
Jamie has been married to his wife Meredith for 25 years and together they have four sons and two dogs.
When given a choice of paying more in taxes, or paying a toll to finance new roads, 54% of registered voters polled in Mecklenburg County said they would rather pay more in taxes, while just 30% said tolls.
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Waiting for care at the VA is a nationwide epidemic. Since the problem was first exposed last year, politicians made lots of speeches and billions of dollars were promised, but 6 months of data compiled by the Associated Press not only shows the issue persists, it's especially acute here in the Carolinas.
Lake Norman High School graduate Kevin Canevari was in the middle of a group of Mercer players doing a dance called the Nae Nae. About ten seconds of the dance was shown on live television and Kevin went viral.
The top administrator at Albemarle Correctional Institution will retire this spring. An assistant superintendent has been demoted and two officers have left their jobs after a WBTV Investigation uncovered waste and security problems at the prison.
Floods earlier this month in the North Carolina mountains were the worst we've seen since 2004. And, there was a risk of a much bigger problem, possible failure of the Oxford Dam holding back the waters of Lake Hickory.