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WNCN names Sean Maroney weekday evening anchor

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WNCN News Director Andrea Parquet-Taylor congratulates Maroney on his promotion. WNCN News Director Andrea Parquet-Taylor congratulates Maroney on his promotion.
Maroney will now be a permanent fixture of WNCN's evening newscasts. Maroney will now be a permanent fixture of WNCN's evening newscasts.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

On Thursday, WNCN announced the selection of Sean Maroney to co-anchor its weekday evening newscasts alongside Melanie Sanders (6 p.m.), Pam Saulsby (7 and 11 p.m.) and Chief Meteorologist Wes Hohenstein (6, 7 and 11 p.m.). 

Maroney joined WNCN in May 2013 as a weekend news anchor, quickly establishing himself as a leader in the newsroom and a consistent example of the station's mission to be "community champions who empower smarter thinking."

"Sean hit the ground running the moment he joined our team," said WNCN Director of Content Andrea Parquet-Taylor. "He is the embodiment of our brand -- smart, creative, compassionate and hard-working. He understands our multiple platform business and embraces every aspect of what it takes to succeed. We're thrilled to have Sean Maroney step into this new role."

In addition to his contributions on the anchor desk, Maroney is active in the community. He volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Wake County and regularly speaks at events around the WNCN viewing area.

That commitment to giving back was one of the deciding factors in WNCN VP & General Manager Doug Hamilton's decision. 

"We have carefully built our team with service in mind," Hamilton said. "Sean embraces our station's responsibility to this community."

Raised in North Carolina, Maroney spent his early career as a foreign correspondent for Voice of America, becoming the youngest bureau chief in the media organization's 70-year history. He led their Pakistan and Afghanistan bureaus before returning to the United States to become a Pentagon correspondent. 

He was excited to return to this news market where he remembers filing his first report as a teenage journalist. 

"Being able to do what I love where I grew up is a tremendous honor," Maroney said. "I couldn't ask for a better team or community."

Follow Sean on Twitter (@SeanMaroney) and Facebook (WNCNSeanMaroney). If you would like Sean or someone from the WNCN team to speak at your next event, please submit your information online at wncn.com/request.


About WNCN

WNCN is an NBC affiliate licensed to serve Goldsboro, Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville and surrounding communities. Established in 1988, the station features a team of award-winning local journalists, providing daily newscasts over the air, as well as online at WNCN.com. WNCN was the first to deliver local news at 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m to the market. WNCN also operates ENCN 17.2, known locally as "Antenna TV," which launched August 1, 2011 and features classic television programs and favorite movies.

About Media General

Media General, Inc. is a leading local television broadcasting and digital media company, providing top-rated news, information and entertainment in strong markets across the U.S. The company owns or operates 31 network-affiliated broadcast television stations and their associated digital media and mobile platforms, in 28 markets. These stations reach 16.5 million, or 14%, of U.S. TV households. Their network affiliations include CBS (12), NBC (9), ABC (7), Fox (1), MyNetwork TV (1) and CW (1). Sixteen of the 31 stations are located in the top 75 designated market areas. Media General first entered the local television business in 1955 when it launched WFLA in Tampa, Florida as an NBC affiliate. The company subsequently expanded its station portfolio through acquisition. In November of 2013, Media General and Young Broadcasting merged, combining Media General's 18 stations and Young's 13 stations into the 31-member group that exists today.

Sean Maroney

Sean anchors WNCN News at 6, 7 & 11 PM. Raised in North Carolina, he returns home after nearly a decade reporting around the world. Each night, he brings his love of this community and powerful journalism into our newsroom and your home.

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