JOHN LE prides himself on being a well-rounded mountain storyteller. He approaches each assignment with a sense of how to convey the human element of those stories.
The everyday people of Western North Carolina are among his most memorable reports. The subjects often reveal everything from tearful emotion to humor.
He's earned 14 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards, including "Best Writer" seven times. John's also received five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Radio Television Digital News Association named him North Carolina "Reporter Of The Year" three times .Also, John was three times a national finalist for the National Press Photographers Association Photojournalism Award for Reporting.
John shares those honors with News 13's fine photography staff and the people who share their stories each night. He's worked here in the Western North Carolina since 1996.
John's lovely wife Alicia grew up in Brevard. They have a son Korey, who's a rising young tennis star! They've got two dogs and a cat. John's originally from Orange County in sunny Southern California, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism at Cal State Northridge.
Back in the day, John teamed up on community college news productions with Will Ferrell. Ferrell eventually became an iconic comedian on "Saturday Night Live" and starred in many movies.
Over the years, John's most memorable interviews include actor Ben Affleck, entertainer Donnie Osmond, fruit-slamming comedian Gallagher, Jeff Foxworthy, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers, Joe Pesci, Whitman Mayo (Grady from "Sanford and Son"), and fitness guru Richard Simmons.
But the best stories, he says, are with folks in the mountains who have great stories to share. John's always in search of untold stories that are inspiring and thought provoking.