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The senior broadcast journalist in the fast-growing Raleigh-Durham market, Larry Stogner, joined ABC11 Eyewitness News in 1976. In 1982 he was named anchor of the 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts, and continues to anchor Eyewitness News at 6 pm today.
During his 38 years at ABC11, Larry has covered every kind of political story from presidential primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire - to political conventions from 1988 to 2008 - to presidential inaugurations from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, George Bush, Sarah Palin and many other prominent figures, both national and local. He has also moderated a number of statewide debates in gubernatorial and senatorial races. He has served as Raleigh Bureau Chief, where he became an accomplished political correspondent, covering state politics and the General Assembly. He was President of the Capitol Press Corps for two years.
Larry's experience has taken him to many far-off places. In the summer of 2002 he accompanied units of the 82nd Airborne Division into Afghanistan, where he provided live nightly reports from Kandahar and later produced an hour-long special Kandahar Diary. He's traveled to the Persian Gulf to cover the ongoing conflict with Iraq, and to the Adriatic Sea, as U.S. Navy warplanes hammered targets in Kosovo and Yugoslavia. In 2010 he traveled to Haiti with the 82nd Airborne, providing live reports for ten days following the devastating earthquake there.
A Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Air Force, Larry also traveled to Vietnam in 1995 to report on the 20th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, which effectively ended America's involvement in that conflict. His documentary called Back to Nam was nominated for an Emmy.
Other career highlights include his two long-ranging interviews with Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, a former Green Beret Captain at Fort Bragg who's serving three life terms for killing his wife and children in 1970. And Larry was the only reporter to travel to Japan and China to cover former Governor Jim Hunt on his first international trip to recruit foreign companies to expand into North Carolina.
In 2010 Larry was inducted into the prestigious NC Journalism Hall of Fame, the only local news anchor to be so honored. Two years later he was inducted into the N.C. Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Born in Burlington, NC, Larry was raised in Yanceyville and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He and his wife, Bobbi, have six children.