Doug Hamilton, the vice president and general manager of WNCN, was honored Monday night with one of the top awards from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.
Hamilton was given the Wade Hargrove Community Service Award for his community commitment.
Hamilton was promoted to his current role in 2012 after more than two decades with the station and has since created an award-winning news operation committed to serving its communities.
Under Hamilton’s leadership, WNCN has won three Edward R. Murrow Awards, four Emmy Awards, six RTDNAC Awards and a Silver Telly for public service. WNCN is responsible for instigating important legislative conversations regarding clean groundwater, safer school bus traffic laws and greater transparency in the regulation and disposal of North Carolina’s coal ash. Gov. Pat McCrory starred in a public service announcement produced by WNCN addressing the state’s groundwater contamination issues.
Hamilton’s promotion to general manager was applauded by station staff and he quickly set forth developing a station mission to become community champions who empower smarter thinking. While the station immediately began surpassing revenue targets and enjoying historic audience growth, he maintained an emphasis on community involvement, inviting employees to volunteer locally and providing them with opportunities to do so.
The station’s “At Your Service” committee meets regularly to identify ways the station can better serve the community and Hamilton has even approved a monthly donation to local non-profit organizations selected for WNCN Weather’s popular “Three Degree Guarantee.”
Hamilton is a devoted community servant and motivating general manager. He routinely rewards employees with lunches, ice cream and other surprises. He is especially passionate about supporting animal welfare initiatives.
He joined WNCN in September 1994, following his time as auditor for Ernst and Whinney and seven years as Director of Finance and Administration for WLFL. He graduated from East Carolina University in 1984.