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30-plus year broadcast veteran still going strong
Women in Broadcasting
 
Published Wednesday, March 27, 2013
by Taylor Shaw

clientuploads/WOT_HDS/Pam.Saulsby.jpgRALEIGH – After taking an aptitude test, Pam Saulsby’s college adviser suggested she consider majoring in broadcast journalism.

“That’s how it began, by accident,” she said.

Saulsby originally attended the University of Florida to study speech pathology. “In short order, I realized that was not where my gifts and talents were located.”

After graduating in 1980, she started her broadcast career as a general assignment reporter in West Palm Beach, Fla., at WPTV-TV. A year later, she moved to Miami, where she spent 10 years as a reporter and anchor.

In 1991, Saulsby moved to Raleigh and joined the WRAL-TV news team. During her 20 years at the station, she became one of the most well-known and trusted local news anchors.

“I hope that when I’m projecting something publicly that it lands on people in a positive way, but it also energizes me and helps me as well,” she said.

Saulsby is most proud of documenting Nelson Mandela’s first speech in the United States after his 27-year prison release. She also interviewed actress, singer and civil rights activist, Lena Horne.

During her tenure at WRAL, Saulsby was recognized for her participation in the fight against breast cancer. In 2010, she served as honorary chairwoman of the Komen Race for the Cure in Raleigh.

Saulsby was named Metro Magazine’s best local news anchor in 2010 and 2011. She began a new chapter in her career last year at WNCN, the NBC affiliate in Raleigh. She currently anchors the 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts with Penn Holderness.

Saulsby also taught at the university level. She was the artist in residence at St. Augustine’s University. Her courses in the department of mass communications focused on vocal performance and on-air delivery.

“Now, with the knowledge that I have, I am able to give more direction and guidance to people coming up behind me,” she said. “When you have 30-plus (years of experience), you have something to give back.”

Saulsby also is a recording artist. She began vocal studies eight years ago. Her debut album, “Full Measure of a Woman, was released in 2010.

“Singing is something new. It’s not something that I can trace back to elementary school,” she said. She recalled being on the back row in her church choir. “That gift was always there. It was just a question of when it will come out.”

With a big heart for the military, Saulsby is currently working on a new music project to honor troops. Her father was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. She also volunteers at the Durham VA Medical Center by singing to veterans.

Saulsby has one daughter who lives in Chicago.

 

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