Molly Grantham is a two-time EMMY-award-winning journalist who has been named TV News Reporter of the Year for both Carolinas, one of Mecklenburg County’s “50 Most Influential Women” and most recently, Charlottean of the Year in 2020 by Charlotte Magazine. She anchors WBTV News at 5:00p, 5:30p, and solo anchors the 11p. She published her second book last year in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, is a leader in social media, and is heavily involved in the Charlotte community.
Since arriving in Charlotte as a reporter in 2003, Molly has covered gangs, terrorism, and the fight to legalize cannabis oil in North Carolina. She is also well-known for #MollysKids, children with uphill medical battles. Molly follows the stories of over 100 kids a year, networking them together, promoting awareness, and helping raise funds for pediatric illnesses and research. Much of it is through her active Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WBTVMollyGrantham).
Her first book, Small Victories: The Off-Camera Life of an On-Camera Mom, sold out on Amazon in its first week. It’s a funny, real-life account of juggling too much. A perfect lead-in to her second book, The Juggle is Real, which launched in May of 2020 and encourages women to laugh through imperfections and sometimes drop balls they have up in the air. (Reviews and more, here >> www.mollygrantham.com)
In 2018, Molly gave a TedxCharlotte Talk called “The Real We Are” on stereotypes about women and image. It was well-received, in part because it wasn’t something you expect a television news anchor to tackle, being that her career is visual and harshly judged. (Watch it, here >> http://tinyurl.com/MollyTedxTalk)
Cancer has hit Molly’s family hard. Her grandfather died of pancreatic cancer. Her mom died of breast cancer in 2017 and her father, who she calls her “forever hero,” died of colon cancer in 2006. Her grandmother also battled breast cancer and her great-grandmother died of the disease. It’s part of the reason she has a huge passion to find a cure. Every year she captains #TeamMolly for Komen Charlotte’s “Race for the Cure” and over the past decade has helped that event raise millions, pouring much of it back into the community.
Molly and her husband, Wes, have a 9-year-old daughter, 6-year-old son, and baby boy who will be one in July 2021.
In her next life, she wants to be a mermaid.
Feel free to email her any story idea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
JJ Funderburke is 4 years old and from Stanly County, but spent much of 2021 living at Levine Children’s Hospital. He was there Feb. 6 to March 11, after getting an out-of-the-blue diagnosis of Stage IV Wilm’s cancer
Hadley Davis is now 4-years old and despite living with a genetic order called Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH), she has started pre-K, is playing wee-ball, and the only hospitalization she had in over a year was for dental surgery.