Howdy there! I'm Hunter Sáenz, a reporter for WCNC Charlotte. I'm our local political beat reporter, covering all things with the Mecklenburg County government and Charlotte City Council.
I knew I wanted to report the news since I was a little 7-year-old sitting on my grandfather's lap watching Tom Brokaw every night. I'm thankful to be living out that dream today.
I'm a proud Texan and grew up in League City, between Houston and Galveston. After high school, I traded in the sunny skies for a snowy mess and attended Syracuse University. I experienced so much there as I trudged through several feet of snow, learning to shoot, write and edit my own stories in central New York.
I graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Go Orange!
After school, I moved to Madison, Wisconsin, for my first reporting gig at WKOW-TV. While there, I covered historic floods and a polar vortex, tornadoes, home explosions, and various crimes. I also had the opportunity to travel south to report on the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in my hometown. My reporting was recognized by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association for Best Live On-Scene Reporter.
I also covered Jayme Closs' abduction and the amazing story of her survival which gained national headlines, and a deadly explosion that rocked downtown Sun Prairie.
In April of 2019, my chocolate lab, Ruger, and I decided to leave the cheese curds behind and move southeast to Charlotte. I am overjoyed to be here and can't wait for the news and adventures ahead.
If you see me out and about as I try new restaurants, run on the rail trail, or grabbing a cold one at one of the many local breweries, please say hello!