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Monday, August 31, 2015
Who: Nelson McDaniel, Swiss Bear Board Member
What: Mumfest
When: October 10-11, 2015
Where: New Bern
Phone: (252)638-5781
Details: This is the 35th annual Mumfest in New Bern, which draws 90,000+ of people. The award-winning event features something for the whole family... Entertainment, attractions, exhibitors. WITN is proud to be the broadcast television sponsor of this excellent event.

Who: Pam Strickland/Eastern NC Stop Human Trafficking Now
What: Event to support efforts to stop human trafficking. Event is social hour then screening of film focused on human trafficking problem
When: October 3, 2015
Where: East Carolina Heart Institute
Phone: (252)814-6357
Details: Event to celebrate five years of education, advocacy and work to stop human trafficking. Also a fundraiser. Tickets are $60 a person, $100 a couple

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Who: Kirk Philpot- Riley's Army Founder
What: 4th Annual On the Run with Riley's Army 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
When: Sunday Sept 27th at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Winterville Parks and Rec Ballfield- behind AG Cox Middle School
Phone: 919-608-8421
Details: The 5k race is not just for runners! We very much enjoyed our added Field Day to last year's event. We will continue this tradition in hopes to create awareness of pediatric cancer in our community and lend support to the families of children with cancer. We are creating a day of vendors, bouncy house, food, and fun for people of all ages to enjoy. We also want to encourage registering for the 5K before Sept 6th to guarantee their race shirt.

Who: Jeff Charles, Voice of the Pirates
What: Morning Drive With Jeff Charles
When: Weekdays, 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. on Pirate Radio 1250 & 930 AM

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Who: Laura Todd, Ayden Chamber of Commerce Executive Director
What: Ayden Collard Festival "Collard Comet" 1 mile run
When: Saturday, September 12 at 8:30am
Where: At the stage on West Ave in downtown Ayden across from Town Hall
Phone: 252-746-2266
Details: The Ayden Chamber of Commerce sponsors a program at Ayden Middle School called the Teen Leadership Program. Students that are chosen as leaders to be representatives on their SGA at Ayden Middle School are enrolled in this program. We provide professionals in the community to come out and teach the students about leadership and work to develop it while they are in middle school. To help fund this program the Ayden Chamber is sponsoring the Ayden Collard Festival "Collard Comet" 1 mile run. If you are a really fast runner, or if you are looking for events that are smaller than a 5K then this race is for you. It is $25 to register or $20 if you have a group of 10 or more. Registration is open on unitl Thursday, Sept 10th. After that, you will have to download the form from ​ and bring it to the Stage on West Ave in downtown Ayden across from the Town Hall on Saturday, Sept 12th at 7:30am. The men will race at 8:30, women at 8:50, boys under 14 at 9:10am and girls under 14 at 9:35am. We hope you will come support the Ayden Middle School Teen Leadership program by

Who: Humane Society of Eastern Carolina
What: Pet of the Week
Phone: (252) 413-7247
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Who: Christopher Kenon
What: Teacher of the Week
When: September 2, 2015

Thursday, September 3, 2015
WHO: Dr. LaTonya M. Nixon, TRIO Director
WHAT: TRIO 10th Year Anniversary
WHEN: September 10, 2015
WHERE: Warren 1306
PHONE: 252-493-7689
DETAILS; TRIO, which are US Department of Education programs that offer college access to all persons, will celebrate its' 10th anniversary at Pitt Community College. In honor of that we will celebrate 10 years of providing successful programs to the at risk at Pitt Community College. All are welcome to attend to learn about the success of the TRIO programs. Door prizes and refreshments will be available.

Chris Sutton, ECU Police

Friday, September 4, 2015
Who: Bobbie Parsons, Saving Graces for Felines
What: Cat Adoptions at PetsMart
When: Monday - Friday 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: PetsMart in Greenville
Phone: (252) 355-3404

Bianca Shoneman, Uptown Greenville

WITN Sunrise Bios

NAME: Heather King
TITLE: WITN News at Sunrise Anchor and Executive Producer
ALMA MATER: University of Missouri
MARRIED: Happily!
CHILDREN: Lauren, Kate and Dixie the Dog
FAVORITE TV SHOW: How I Met Your Mother
FAVORITE BAND: U2, Kelly Clarkson
FAVORITE BOOK: Impossible to pick a favorite, but one of the best recent ones is "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls
FAVORITE FOOD: Homemade pizza
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Sleep in, spend time with my family, try new recipes - especially baking!
FUN FACT: I’m the youngest of four, and the shortest in my family. I am a towering 5’1” tall.

Heather King always knew she wanted to be a journalist and tell stories, but she didn't figure out the TV part of it until high school. Heather says, "don't laugh, but a few years on the Glenbard West speech team made the difference." So, she left the Chicago suburb where she grew up for the heart of the Midwest and headed to the University of Missouri.

Heather worked as a reporter and anchor at KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, Missouri. The minute she felt the buzz and energy of an actual newsroom, she knew she picked the right career. Heather's reporting has been recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Heather is the anchor and executive producer of WITN News at Sunrise and also reports. She's been fascinated by morning news since an internship with a Chicago television station. Heather will admit she hasn't always been a morning person, but she says it's easy to wake up well before the sun when you love your job!

Getting into work early often means getting out of work early in the day. That schedule has allowed Heather to enjoy quality time with her daughter each afternoon. She is also a member of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Pitt County Corporate Board and is on the committee that plans the annual MS Walk in Greenville.

Heather and her husband Chris live in Greenville with their two daughters, and their dog, Dixie.


NAME: Jim Howard
TITLE: Meteorologist WITN News at Sunrise
ALMA MATER: Florida State University
CHILDREN: Two Stepsons
FAVORITE TV SHOW: Law and Order: Criminal Intent
FAVORITE MOVIE: Reservoir Dogs
FAVORITE SONG: "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant" by Billy Joel
FAVORITE BOOK: "Isaac's Storm" by Erik Larson
FAVORITE FOOD: Michaelangelos Pizza in Greenville
FAVORITE THING TO DO ON YOUR DAY OFF: Toss up between working in the yard and sleeping
FUN FACT: I've skydived over 40 times. I've got an irrational fear of wasps.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERTED ISLAND AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE ITEM WITH YOU, WHAT WOULD IT BE?: Computer with satellite internet connection...I could learn survival skills off the internet.

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not."

These were the words Jim Howard's grandfather would tell him every time Jim would start talking about approaching snow. Growing up in Poughkeepsie, New York allowed Jim many opportunities to bug his family about the snow. Now, living in North Carolina allows him to bug them about hurricanes as well!

Jim's road to Eastern Carolina went from a childhood in upstate New York to his adolescence in South Florida. Looking out the airplane window his first time flying into West Palm Beach, Jim turned to his mom and said "look, there's snow on the ground!" Jim says she gave him a funny smile. The smile turned into a laugh when they stepped off the plane and Jim realized that the "snow" was sand, and the air felt like a furnace! This is just one of many experiences that fueled Jim's desire to learn more about the earth's atmosphere.

Jim's passion for weather took him to Florida State University, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Meteorology. Within a week, he secured his first job, as the morning meteorologist for a Panama City, Florida television station. Although he was very excited about his first job, he quickly discovered one big problem. He would have to readjust his alarm clock from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Strong coffee and cold showers became a regular part of his morning!

Jim says he was a fully transformed "morning person" when offered the opportunity to work as the meteorologist on WITN-7 News at Sunrise in 2001. With family in both New York and Florida, Eastern Carolina has proved to be the perfect location for Jim. He says being a part of WITN-7 News at Sunrise has been rewarding beyond his expectations. The people of Eastern Carolina are as kind and generous as any he's every met, and the variety of weather keeps him on his toes! From snow and hurricanes, to severe thunderstorms and flooding threats, Jim says there's one thing that can be definitely said about our climate:

"There's gonna be weather, whether or not!"

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