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Fred Shropshire

Fred is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and WCNC Charlotte Main Evening Anchor, alongside Vanessa Ruffes. You can watch Fred and Vanessa Ruffes at 5, 6 and 11 p.m.
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Fred Shropshire

Fred Shropshire is a news anchor at WCNC Charlotte, specializing in features and breaking news.

Fred anchors the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for WCNC and you will often see him promoting station events and making a difference in our community.

Fred says it was important for him to establish trust with viewers as soon as possible when he first arrived in the Queen City. It's why he hit the ground running on his third day on the job – field anchoring the station’s award-winning coverage of the Charleston church shooting. His anchoring from the field spanned several days from the location and allowed him to make what he describes as his first meaningful connections to viewers. Weeks later, he anchored the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina State House, quickly establishing himself as one of the market’s lead field anchors. Fred has also field anchored the station’s coverage of the Keith Scott shooting and the Carolina Panthers Super Bowl 50 appearance from San Francisco.

Fred’s career began at WCTI-TV in New Bern, North Carolina, and includes stints at WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and WGN-TV in Chicago.

Fred came to WCNC from Raleigh, North Carolina, where he anchored the 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. newscasts for WTVD-TV. He conducted more than a dozen sit-down interviews with then-Senator Barack Obama during his first historic presidential run for the White House. Fred has chased several tropical storms including Hurricane Ike when it made landfall in Galveston, Texas.

He’s also reported from major events, including the 2005 World Series in Chicago, the Jena Six Rally in Louisiana and Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles.

While at WXII, Fred covered many important North Carolina stories, including the Jennifer Short kidnapping, the Kinston chemical plant explosion, the Air Midwest Flight 5481 plane crash and the arrest of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph.

Fred graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill where he majored in journalism. In 2006, UNC honored him as a distinguished Nelson Benton Lecturer.

Fred loves to talk to students and emcee community events. He’s a former board member of Charlotte Pride Magazine’s PEEP (Pride Entrepreneur Education Program) – which awards scholarship and promotes education among youth ages 16-25.

Fred’s personal motto is, “to whom much is given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48)

Contact Fred Shropshire at fred@wcnc.com and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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