WCCB News Rising Co-host
Terrance Bates started at WCCB Charlotte the day the Democratic National Committee announced it was bringing the 2012 convention to the Queen City. He immediately jumped into action and hasn't slowed down since. He comes to WCCB Charlotte from the ABC affiliate in Memphis, TN. Before that he spent stints in Evansville, IN, Richmond, VA, Augusta, GA and Longview, TX.
Terrance is a veteran anchor and reporter. During his career he has covered President George H.W. Bush, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. In fact, he covered the opening of Bill Clinton's Presidential Library in Little Rock, AR, which was attended by all of the living former and incumbent Commanders in Chief. While Terrance has definitely covered his share of political stories, he enjoys doing stories on array of topics. He believes everyone has a story, the challenge for every reporter is figuring out what that story is and how to best share it with the public.
In his free time Terrance hangs out with his wife and two little girls. YES, they have him wrapped around their respective fingers. He's also an avid soccer fan, and still plays. Unfortunately, his age limits his body from making certain moves his mind dreams up. In those cases, he fondly recounts the days of old when he was trying to be like Pele, awing crowds around the world.
The aforementioned "around the world" reference isn't an exaggeration. Terrance grew up in Germany, with his parents who were both educators there. As a kid he attended German Kindergarten, where he learned German. He still speaks fluently and has added some French to his language repertoire. During his time in Germany, Terrance also played competitive soccer. He has played in what is now the Czech Republic, as well as Turkey and France. However, his most memorable soccer moment was playing against his all-time favorite team, Bayern Munich. Despite a 9-1 loss, it was still one of his most enjoyable games.
After leaving Germany, Terrance attended the University of Maryland where he double majored in Broadcast Journalism and German. He remains one of the biggest Terrapin fans out there, but is very quickly becoming a fan of all things Charlotte. If you ever have a story you'd like covered or if you just want to chat, feel free to give Terrance a call at (704)632-7525. SEE YOU ON TV!