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Andrew Ruiz joined the 9 On Your Side team in June 2013 as a General Assignment Reporter and Digital Journalist.

Andrew comes to Eastern Carolina from WMBB, home of the World's Most Beautiful Beaches. While serving as a reporter at News 13, the ABC affiliate in Panama City, FL, Andrew led several groundbreaking projects resulting in the explanation of the 11 state constitutional amendments, the pioneering of his own franchise, "Made in the Panhandle" and several investigative reports like "No ID Required."

In the newsroom, he's known as an assertive journalist; someone who doesn't take no for an answer and one willing to ask hard-hitting questions. One of his greatest strengths in reporting is his unwavering commitment and captivating ability to connect with people.

Andrew's passion for journalism stems from the first day he appeared on the morning announcements at his elementary school in Hialeah, FL. Since then, storytelling has driven his life, always attracted to interesting people with amazing stories.

Andrew graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's in Telecommunications. Aside from his fascination with reporting, Andrew was very involved on campus while studying in Gainesville. He served as the Event Chair for the University of Florida Relay For Life, Vice-President of his fraternity (Sigma Pi), an Ambassador for the College of Journalism, a leader in several Hispanic groups and a member of Florida Blue Key. He is proud to be a University of Florida Hall of Fame inductee, a Miami Herald Silver Knight and an Eagle Scout.

Andrew was born and raised in South Florida by his Cuban parents. He values his relationship with his tight knit family and friends. Andrew and his wife Christine are ecstatic to be living in Eastern North Carolina. When Andrew is not working he's enjoying the outdoors, rooting for the Gators, catching up with friends and family, traveling, or giving back to the community.

Andrew believes the best stories are told through people and if you have an idea you'd like to share with him, feel free to email him. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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    The Tar River is a vital artery, spanning much of Eastern North Carolina, but it's hardly used, but the city is making plans to make better use of it.
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    Innovator's Academy wraps up in Pitt County

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    Two weeks of hard work wrapped up for sixth and seventh grade students wishing to be innovators.
    Two weeks of hard work wrapped up for sixth and seventh grade students wishing to be innovators.
  • Pitt County parks host photo contest

    Pitt County parks host photo contest

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-23 23:06:19 GMT
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    Join Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation (PCCSR) in collaboration with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association (NCRPA) and National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in celebration of Parks and Recreation Month.
  • Missing teens, how they make the news

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    Sometimes cases are classic runaways and sometimes teens truly find themselves in dangerous situations. This is when police or family members solicit the media’s help; but with great power comes great responsibility in how and when we report the cases.
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    The push for a higher minimum wage gets a boost from a nationwide campaign. It is called, “Live the Wage.” In the span of a week, elected officials and community leaders vow to live off $77.
  • Pitt County deputies charge men in sweepstakes bust

    Pitt County deputies charge men in sweepstakes bust

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    Deputies say they've charged three men in a Pitt County sweepstakes bust.
    Deputies say they've charged three men in a Pitt County sweepstakes bust.
  • Red Cross in urgent need of blood donors

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    The American Red Cross reports blood donations are down approximately 8% over the last 11 weeks.
  • Greenville attorney found guilty of 35 misconduct violations

    Greenville attorney found guilty of 35 misconduct violations

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:10 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:10:27 GMT
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    David Sutton went before the North Carolina State Bar's Disciplinary Hearing Commission. 
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    Pitt Commissioners approve merit bonuses for employees

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:30 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:30:03 GMT
    County Manager Scott Elliott recommended the county use $171,450 in state reimbursements to offer county employees the $150 bonus.
    County Manager Scott Elliott recommended the county use $171,450 in state reimbursements to offer county employees the $150 bonus.
  • Wildlife officials warn of black bears in the east

    Wildlife officials warn of black bears in the east

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:28 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:28:01 GMT
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  • Kinston Chief addresses uptick in crime

    Kinston Chief addresses uptick in crime

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:47 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:47:32 GMT
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     There's a spike in crime right now in the city of Kinston; from random shootings to gang violence. People want to know what police are doing to keep them safe.
  • Greenville amends ordinance on private roads

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    The city of Greenville is standing up for homeowners living on private roads.This week the Planning and Zoning board amended an ordinance that now requires developers to build roads that meet the standards of public streets.In months prior, the city got a number of requests asking them to assume responsibility of private roads---which they can.But often times, those streets have fallen into disrepair and lack drainage requirements. To ease the financial burden of residents, all new roads, pub...
  • Grifton taking action against sweepstakes parlors

    Grifton taking action against sweepstakes parlors

    Thursday, July 17 2014 6:07 PM EDT2014-07-17 22:07:02 GMT
    Grifton is taking action against sweepstakes parlors.
    Grifton is taking action against sweepstakes parlors.
  • New Info: MCC worker says college disposed and transferred surplus equipment

    New Info: MCC worker says college disposed and transferred surplus equipment

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    A Martin Community College employee brings his claims against the school to the forefront. It is the latest to come out in a list of concerns brought to the Board of Trustees.
    A Martin Community College employee brings his claims against the school to the forefront. It is the latest to come out in a list of concerns brought to the Board of Trustees.
  • Schools in limbo while state fights over budget

    Schools in limbo while state fights over budget

    Friday, July 11 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-07-11 23:03:56 GMT
     $120 million are at stake for Pitt County Schools. The school board says they are working off last year's budget which lawmakers expect to change drastically.
     $120 million are at stake for Pitt County Schools. The school board says they are working off last year's budget which lawmakers expect to change drastically.
  • TEDI BEAR clinic at risk of closing

    TEDI BEAR clinic at risk of closing

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:34:27 GMT
    On Thursday, the director of the TEDI BEAR clinic confirms the ECU Brody School is considering cutting a third of its funding.
    On Thursday, the director of the TEDI BEAR clinic confirms the ECU Brody School is considering cutting a third of its funding.
  • Animal demands stretch Lenoir SPCA shelter thin

    Animal demands stretch Lenoir SPCA shelter thin

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:29 PM EDT2014-07-09 23:29:54 GMT
     In just one week, people have dropped off 49 cats and the animals just keep coming.
     In just one week, people have dropped off 49 cats and the animals just keep coming.
  • Keeping gas stations compliant

    Keeping gas stations compliant

    Monday, July 7 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-07-07 21:50:04 GMT
    It's a routine we're all too familiar with, filling up at the pump and we all want to make sure we’re getting what we pay for. 
    It's a routine we're all too familiar with, filling up at the pump and we all want to make sure we’re getting what we pay for. 
  • Pitt County names new DSS Director

    Pitt County names new DSS Director

    Monday, July 7 2014 1:55 PM EDT2014-07-07 17:55:52 GMT
    After months of interviews and more than 30 candidates, Jan Elliott was named the new director of DSS Monday morning.
    After months of interviews and more than 30 candidates, Jan Elliott was named the new director of DSS Monday morning.
  • 3rd arrest made in Head's Grocery armed robbery

    3rd arrest made in Head's Grocery armed robbery

    Tuesday, January 21 2014 4:29 PM EST2014-01-21 21:29:52 GMT
    Deputies say a third man has been arrested in a late December armed robbery.
    Deputies say a third man has been arrested in a late December armed robbery.
  • UPDATE: Greenville attorney indicted by grand jury

    UPDATE: Greenville attorney indicted by grand jury

    Friday, November 15 2013 12:44 PM EST2013-11-15 17:44:45 GMT
    A Greenville attorney charged with intimidating a state witness appeared in court Friday morning.
    9 On Your Sude has learned that the North Carolina State Bar filed a complaint against Sutton with 6 different claims. 
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