Beau Minnick is an award-winning political reporter for WNCN. His focus on the North Carolina legislature delivers valuable insights into state politics.
Originally from Southern New Jersey, near Philadelphia, Beau went to college at Syracuse University, double majoring in broadcast journalism and political science. He is a strong supporter of his Orange and looks forward to all the battles ahead with the Triangle schools now that the 'Cuse is in the ACC.
After graduation, Beau spent a year in the United Kingdom, earning a Master's Degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science in European Politics and Governance. There, from a journalist's perspective, he furthered his understanding of political dynamics both at home and abroad. It was an eye-opening, enlightening experience for him, studying with classmates from around the world.
Shortly after leaving London, Beau moved to West Virginia. It certainly was an adjustment. He was in Clarksburg, WV, for 3 years, reporting and anchoring at WDTV, the CBS affiliate. There, in 2006, he reported from Sago, WV, where 13 miners were trapped underground for two days. Twelve of the 13 miners did not survive. Throughout that rescue operation, international media came to the small town. Beau was amazed at how well the families of the miners handled what they had to face. Later that same year, his colleagues honored him as the Associated Press West Virginia Reporter of the Year.
In 2007, Beau found his home in the Raleigh-Durham area. He joined WRAL-TV, where he reported for 7 years. Early in his time there, Beau exposed the illegitimate use of taxpayer dollars associated with what was then called the Randy Parton Theatre in Roanoke Rapids. He also played an important role in covering numerous storms, including the series of tornadoes in 2011 that killed 24 people. Three months of the year, Beau got to channel his inner sports broadcaster, reporting on high school football.
Beau is now thrilled to join the WNCN family and proud to call Raleigh home. Beau hopes you will follow him on Twitter and Facebook and, if you see him on assignment, that you will stop by and say "Hello."