Raphael Pires is a General Assignment Reporter. You can watch him weeknights on News 13.
Raphael has covered stories from severe weather to crime. He comes to Asheville from a Sinclair Broadcast Group station in Michigan.
His love of journalism comes from watching his mother work in print journalism for many years, but his passion for broadcast began when he anchored his high school morning announcements.
Raphael grew up in the Sunshine State where he also attended the University of Florida. While at UF he earned a degree in Telecommunications and got hands-on experience working for WUFT News, the PBS affiliate news station in Gainesville, Fl.
When he's not watching the Florida Gators play, you can catch him exploring the mountainous terrain or checking out the local food scene.