CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Vanessa Ruffes is WCNC Charlotte’s 4 p.m. anchor and 11 p.m. reporter. The award-winning journalist came to the Queen City from Tampa, Florida, in January 2020 and is excited to share the stories that matter most to Charlotteans.

Vanessa brings with her a wide range of reporting experience. While in Tampa, she reported regularly on the roads, business and financial news, and sports. Vanessa has also worked in Fort Myers, Florida, where she had the pleasure of sharing the lighter side of the news, with the most heart-warming and fun local stories of the day. During her time in Macon, Georgia, Vanessa was honored to tell the stories of America’s heroes and their work, as she served as beat reporter for Robins Air Force Base and its surrounding area. Her time in the Sunshine and Peach States has also placed her in the path of hurricanes and tropical storms—most recently, under the eye of Hurricane Irma as it passed over Polk County, Florida, in 2017—and on the ground following devastating, and sometimes deadly, tornadoes.

In addition to her dedication to journalism, Vanessa is passionate about continuing education, most recently serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Tampa, where she taught communications classes. Vanessa’s own educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Political Science from Southern New Hampshire University.

When she’s not bringing you the news, Vanessa is likely cheering on her Tampa Bay Rays or Georgia Bulldogs, testing out new dishes, or snuggling with her two rescue pups. Vanessa and her fiancé Lucas are huge baseball fans and have a goal to visit all the Major League parks. Ballpark recommendations and insights are very welcome! Connect with Vanessa via email at vruffes@wcnc.com or on Facebook and Twitter. She would love to hear from you!