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Veteran TV newsman fired - but here are 6 more we love

The Story

The Observer’s Mark Washburn reports that longtime investigative reporter Stuart Watson has been fired from WCNC (Channel 36, the NBC affiliate).

About Watson

– 16 years at the station

– Broke such stories as Elevation Church pastor Steve Furtick building a $1.6 million house, the CEO of United Way making more than $1 million in pay and benefits and a dental chain doing unnecessary work on children to get Medicaid payments.

Our TV faves

We’ll miss Watson’s combative, aggressive style. But here are 6 other Charlotte newscasters we still get to watch:

Brad Panovich, WCNC: If you don’t follow Panovich on Twitter, @wxbrad, you’re missing out. He’s all over it, with daily forecasts, storm warnings and weather history.  (This Tweet is for Wednesday — yes, freezing drizzle:)

Steve Crump, WBTV: Crump knows Charlotte better than just about any TV newsperson in town. He’s especially interested in the South’s Civil Rights movement and has produced numerous documentaries, including ones on the Woolworth counter sit-ins and the first student to integrate Charlotte schools.

Molly Grantham, WBTV: Always pleasant, very likable and not afraid of the hard news. Solid on Twitter, @MollyGrantham. Plus, we love her commitment to fighting breast cancer.

Sonja Gantt and David Wagner, WCNC: Both of these anchors are the real deal. Smooth, smart and classy. Gantt has deep roots in Charlotte (her father was Charlotte’s first African American mayor) and it shows in her broadcasts. Wagner asks very smart questions. He brings great guests on his political affairs show, Flashpoint. These are not your stereotypical anchormen. 

Tim Boyum, Time Warner Cable News: Boyum is based in Raleigh, but his Capital Tonight shows here in Charlotte. Boyum knows N.C. politics and handles politicians well.

Photo: Charlotte Observer

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