Carter tweeted: “I’m super excited about this next chapter – but will definitely miss my family here in Tampa. But thanks to the power of zoom — I’ll always be around.”
Prior to joining the ranks of CBS 17, Carter worked for their sister station WFLA in Tampa, FL for over 20 years. While with Channel 8 , Carter anchored the weekend newscasts and was their general assignment reporter. In his new role in Raleigh he joins Angela Taylor and Wes Hohenstein every weekday night at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and then at 11 p.m.
Carter made a name for himself in Tampa and prior to him leaving the city, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor made sure that he departed in style by declaring March 12, “Rod Carter Day.”
“Rod has kept Tampa residents informed for 2+ decades as an exceptional journalist & true talent,” Castor tweeted.
Carter graduated from the illustrious SJGC and was a fan favorite among Tampa residents. The reason Carter is so loved is because of the work he not only did on air but off the camera. He was very active with several charities including the Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association and The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay.
Since graduating from FAMU Carter has been a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association as well as an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Carter has made it a point to help the next generation up and coming journalist.
Over the past few years he has even been the lead teacher for the NABJ-FAMU Journalism Short Course, which is an intense weekend course that instructs students on broadcast and journalism skills. Carter is also on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, as Region III Director.