FEATURE: Christine Nelson

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Christine Nelson is an award-winning journalist, and anchors WBTV News This Morning from 4:30-7:00 a.m. and WBTV News at Noon. She also co-hosts Carolina Camera, WBTV’s popular monthly magazine special, which profiles interesting people, places and things in the Carolinas!

Christine came to WBTV in 2009 from Raycom sister-station KLTV in Tyler, Texas, where she was the 5 p.m. anchor and reporter. While at KLTV Christine traveled on-assignment to Africa, anchored wall-to-wall coverage of the devastation of Hurricane Ike in the region, traveled to the U.S. Army base in Fort Polk, Louisiana to interview East Texas soldiers going to war, and covered the opening of the Bill Clinton Presidential Library in Arkansas. She has interviewed the likes of then-Senator Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign and former First Lady Laura Bush. 

Christine was honored by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters as the 2008 Best Anchor which recognizes excellence in anchoring, live reporting and covering breaking news.  She also received the Best Anchor Team award in 2007.  She is most proud of her reporting work which includes honors such as Best General Assignment report in 2008 from the National Association of Black Journalists, about a cemetery that still segregated blacks being buried with whites. Prior to KLTV, Christine worked at WABG-TV in Greenville, Mississippi where she was the main anchor for their 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

At WBTV, Christine enjoys working with such a dedicated team of journalists and producers who are passionate about bringing morning viewers the most reliable news, weather and traffic updates. In 2011, WBTV News This Morning received its first Emmy award, winning Best Newscast/Morning from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Midsouth Regional Chapter.  

Christine is married to William Sperow and they have a daughter, Camryn (4), and son, William III (2). Christine’s children were both born prematurely. Her daughter was born at 32 weeks. Her son was born at 28 weeks and spent three months in the NICU. Both of her children are now doing very well and thriving. But so many other children in the same situation have had to endure invasive surgeries and long-term care. In 2010, Christine and her family were named as the “ambassador family” for the March of Dimes Foothills Division in Hickory, NC. Christine continues to be a dedicated supporter of the chapter to provide hope for other babies who are born too soon.

Christine is a member of the Junior League of Charlotte, the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. Christine loves volunteering in the Charlotte community and speaking to young people. 

Christine is a native of Miami, Florida, and is the youngest of six children. Most of her immediate family now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Christine had a decorated high school volleyball career and received a full, athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, with a minor in Theatre. Christine loves watching sports, especially college football and basketball. 

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