DARCEL GRIMES is the anchor of News 13 at 5, 6 and 11pm, as well as News 13 on My 40 at 10 pm.
She has spent more than three decades as an Anchor and Reporter here in Western North Carolina.
In 1981, Darcel accepted a job at WLOS as the night side reporter, co-anchor of the 11pm Monday through Friday newscast, and host of a Saturday news magazine show, known as "Mainstreet". In January of 1983, WLOS management asked Darcel to co-anchor the 6pm newscast as well as the 11pm.
Darcel has become a familiar face in hundreds of thousands of households in North and South Carolina.While Darcel loves anchoring, she has a passion for reporting. Her Health reports which ranged from the heart wrenching stories of kids and cancer to the medical breakthrough of invitro fertilization have won awards.
Her special reports from Israel, "The Holy Land", raised money for local charities. When Good Morning America came to Asheville, Darcel represented WLOS with an insightful report on Acid Fog, followed by a question and answer with Charlie Gibson. In her years with the station, she has also covered a political convention, a Presidential Inauguration, the visits of Prince Charles, Presidential Candidate Barack Obama and Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.
In 2016, Darcel was inducted into the “Silver Circle”, one of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Southeast Chapter’s most prestigious awards, honoring a lifetime of achievement and dedication to the television industry.
Darcel began her career as an anchor/reporter at an all news radio station in Jackson, Mississippi. As a child, growing up in Washington, D.C., she dreamed of becoming a journalist. Little did she know her dream would take her so far from the people she loves and the place she called home.
"I think the hardest decision I ever made was to leave Washington and move to Mississippi. But I did." And for Darcel, the move paid off. She spent six months at the radio station in Jackson, before landing a job as a reporter at a television station in Tupelo, Mississippi. After a month on the job, the News Director asked her to fill in for the 10pm anchor, and Darcel has been a news anchor ever since. As an anchor and reporter in Mississippi, Darcel covered civil rights protests, the reapportionment of the Mississippi Legislature, and the Inauguration of President Ronald Reagan.
Darcel is married. She and her husband have two sons. She credits her success to, "hard work, perseverance and prayer."
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