For 30 years, Vic Carter has approached his job with this philosophy: if the story is important enough to tell, it’s important enough for him to go there and to take you with him. Vic has followed stories and taken viewers around the world; from the jungles of Colombia in South America; to the dusty roads of Western Africa; to communist Cuba; to the White House in Washington, D.C. and all across the country.
Vic was the only Baltimore television journalist to take viewers to the funeral of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in Italy. For six days he anchored WJZ’s coverage live from Italy. Vic has covered some of the world’s biggest news stories – to those right around the corner that affect you each and every day.
Since 1995, Vic has been delivering the news for WJZ. He anchors newscasts at 4, 6 & 11. His history in television shows he is an accomplished journalist who is more than willing to leave the studio and to take on the tough stories and interview the important people. In his career he has met and interviewed six Presidents of the United States and other notables in contemporary history, including Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, Colin Powell, Roslyn Carter, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Muhammad Ali and tennis legend Arthur Ashe to name a few.
He began his career two days after graduating with honors from Morehead State University. He now serves on the board of trustees for the MSU Foundation and has been a visiting lecturer and Black Scholar in Residence. His career path has taken him to jobs at WSET-TV in Lynchburg, Va., WRAL-TV in Raleigh, N.C., WSB-TV in Atlanta Ga. and finally WJZ-TV in Baltimore.
At the age of 23, Vic received broadcasting’s highest honor, the George Foster Peabody Award. He was named Journalist of the Year by The School of Journalism at the University of Georgia and was inducted into the National Association for Black Journalists Hall of Fame.
Vic believes in helping to make the Baltimore community stronger by volunteering his time and lending his energy to a number of non-profit organizations. He is on the advisory committee for the Open Society Institute founded by billionaire George Soros and has been a guest lecturer at the Aspen Institute in Colorado. Vic is most proud of his involvement as a committee chairman for the foundation that developed and constructed the $120 million memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C.
He is an active member of the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Vic is an avid collector of fine art and has donated a portion of his extensive collection to two churches, one in Charlotte, N.C. and another in his hometown of Radford, Va. In addition he has commissioned large scale pieces of art for each location. It is his hope to inspire young minds and encourage others to be creative and to be likewise philanthropic.
Multiple law enforcement agencies are in Ocean City to help investigate after bones were found in a suitcase.
People whose lives were touched by Baltimore County Police Officer Amy Caprio remembered her acts of professionalism and kindness.
WJZ speaks with Larry Aaron’s parents about their heartbreaking loss and their message for their son’s killer who remains on the loose.
A typical Friday in December 2016 for then-Baltimore Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector turned into a terrifying ordeal.
An elite Hartford County task force is gaining international recognition for its progressive approach to getting drugs off the streets.
For 30 years, Mike Busch has been a powerful presence in Maryland’s House of Delegates, fighting for education and healthcare.
Congressman Elijah Cummings faced a harsh reality in May — a medical problem that could have cost him his life.
In his 12 years as the chief federal prosecutor in Maryland, Rod Rosenstein has done a lot.
Presidential candidates and U.S. Senate candidates in Maryland are making final efforts to sway voters before Election Day.
It is an epidemic across Maryland communities. Startling new numbers show the number of overdose deaths in the state have spiked in 2016.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will open its doors to the public on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Replica guns are easy to get and shockingly realistic. Police say it’s impossible to tell the difference in a real-world situation.
Here in Baltimore, we are about to elect the next mayor in our city. In just over a week, voters will head to the primary.
A new poll by The Baltimore Sun and the University of Baltimore shows that two mayoral candidates are locked in a virtual tie and surging ahead of other candidates.
In a luxury hotel in West Africa, terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda open fire.
Monday morning, the eyes of the world will be focused on our city as the first of the Freddie Gray trials is set to begin.
It is exactly one week until that first trial for Officer William Porter gets underway. There are still many questions about what exactly led to Freddie Gray’s death.
Governor Larry Hogan is revealing more about his battle with cancer, just one day after announcing he is 100 percent cancer-free.
There was a standing ovation for Pope Francis Thursday morning as he met with Congress in Washington D.C. before his departure for New York City.
A large crowd greets Pope Francis at the Vatican’s Diplomatic Mission in Washington D.C. where he spent the night.
Pope Francis arrived Tuesday on the first visit of his life to the United States, bringing his humble manner and his “church of the poor” to a rich and powerful nation polarized over economic inequality, immigration and equal justice.
When Senator Barbara Mikulski leaves Congress next year, it’ll be the end of an era. The Baltimore-born trailblazer has served longer in Congress than any other woman in US history.
The rising homicide rate in Baltimore City is one of the major challenges for Baltimore’s new top cop. The interim commissioner Kevin Davis sits down for a one-on-one interview.
Two Baltimore City police officers on the front lines of the Baltimore Riots speak to WJZ about that violent night.
WJZ has learned former mayor Sheila Dixon wants her old job back and is seriously considering running again for Baltimore mayor.
He was an influential religious leader and a respected and popular Towson University professor. But Rabbi Barry Freundel preyed on his female students, secretly videotaping them as they undressed for a ritual bath.
A story of two young men–one in danger after falling through the ice and another who risks it all to save a stranger. A Baltimore County teenager is one of three brave men who raced to the rescue.
The change in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba may lead to the Orioles playing an exhibition game on the island.
Maryland officially welcomes a new governor.
For only the second time in nearly 50 years, a Republican is going to run the state of Maryland.
A retired Baltimore City police officer is accused of posting a derogatory and racist photo on Facebook.
Changing the rules. The NFL gets new guidelines on how it must discipline domestic violence offenders after Rice Rice’s elevator incident caused months of public outcry.
Road rage rages out of control as drivers right here in Maryland find themselves caught up in dangerous and even deadly situations.
When Governor-elect Larry Hogan takes the reins in Annapolis, he’ll have a lot of work to do.
Election Day is Tuesday, and Maryland voters have an opinion on the gubernatorial race so far.
There’s a new poll just out Sunday morning showing the gap between the top gubernatorial candidates is narrowing.
Two years into the job, top cop Anthony Batts is working overtime to keep his job and make Baltimore safer. His confirmation hearing is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday.
When terrorists flew a plane into the World Trade Center on 9/11, Cockeysville businessman Steve Peck barely made it out alive. Recently, he made an emotional journey back to the site and saw the 9/11 Memorial for the first time.
A family is making an emotional plea to the president to negotiate the release of a Rockville man. That man is Warren Weinstein who is being held captive by al-Qaeda terrorists in Pakistan.
What few people know is that the unmanned submarine leading the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was developed right here in Maryland. It’s playing a critical role in the recovery mission.
It’s the most horrifying call that any chief of police in the nation can hear: an active shooter in a mall. For Howard County Police Chief William McMahon, it was a reality and a crisis he continues to investigate six weeks later.
A historic earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, causing a nuclear power meltdown. The U.S. Navy rushed in to help—but are those sailors now paying the price? Nearly 100 believe that mission ruined their health.
The man charged with hitting and killing a longtime Baltimore City employee earlier this year in front of City Hall enters a plea in the case and learns his fate.
Former Ravens linebacker O.J. Brigance is the heart of the Ravens, a powerful voice on and off the field. Every day he deals with a disease that saps his strength, but you’ll never hear him complain.
There’s more information on how a dangerous gang took control of the Baltimore City jail with sex and smuggling behind bars. Now, Maryland’s top prison official is speaking out about the widespread corruption and the aggressive moves he’s making.
Baltimore City Police continue to hunt down gang members to get them off the street. Perhaps the most dangerous gang, the Black Guerrilla Family was so powerful, its leader was literally calling the shots from behind bars.
Baltimore City Police continue to hunt down gang members to get them off the street. Perhaps the most dangerous gang, the Black Guerrilla Family was so powerful, its leader was literally calling the shots from behind bars. WJZ speaks with a former prison official who reveals the inside story of sex and smuggling at the Baltimore City Detention Center.
A major blow to opponents of Maryland’s new gun control laws: a federal judge has denied a request to delay the laws from taking effect.
In our nation’s capital, thousands gather to honor the lives lost in the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.
History is being commemorated and made on the National Mall. Thousands are gathering for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Thousands gather in the nation’s capital to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Fourth of July brings tragic news for a Fort Meade soldier’s loved ones. Army Specialist Hilda Clayton, 22, was killed this week in Afghanistan.
He was supercharged on the football field and rallied his fellow teammates to perform well. Now, Ray Lewis takes his enthusiasm back to the field.
The State Department has ordered a website to take down blueprints for the world’s first plastic gun, which people could make with a 3D printer. The all-plastic weapon was successfully test fired just last week. The government warned that putting these plans online could violate export laws. Before the blueprints disappeared, they were downloaded 100,000 times.
Spring just arrived and now high school students are thinking about prom. At White Marsh Mall Saturday, a prom fashion show that has a deeper meaning. Daniel Borowy was one of the top models.
Arsonist on the loose. Authorities in Laurel are ramping up their investigation into who is setting playgrounds on fire across the city.
Growing healthy kids by growing healthy food. First Lady Michelle Obama’s White House garden is doing just that.
Heartbreak. One of Maryland’s most promising politicians was devastated when his 52-year-old wife developed Alzheimer’s.
One week and counting until automatic spending cuts known as the sequester kick in. Unless Congress comes up with a compromise, jobs and services we all count on could be in jeopardy.
In just two weeks, far-reaching budget cuts known as the sequester are set to take effect. It could cause massive job cuts and changes to services we count on. In an effort to make his case to the American people, President Obama is taking to the airwaves.
Governor Martin O’Malley’s proposal to ban assault weapons is surely one of the most controversial items on the agenda in Annapolis.
Racehorse on the loose. A routine day at Laurel Park Racetrack becomes anything but when one of the horses makes a break for it.
Pit bulls: family pets or dangerous dogs? The showdown over how Maryland treats these animals and their owners continues.
A warning from Baltimore County where a firefighter has been charged with molesting two boys.
Unconstitutional pension cuts. A federal court strikes down Baltimore City’s pension cuts for firefighters and police. It’s a ruling that could cost the city tens of millions of dollars in an already tight budget.
The Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police is calling for major changes within the department. Tuesday, WJZ obtained a report it sent to City Hall.
The G-8 is composed of some of the most powerful leaders in the world. The group has been meeting for nearly 40 years, and this year’s gathering at Camp David will address some of the most critical issues facing us today.
Security is high in Frederick County as leaders from around the globe visit Camp David. They are gathering for the G-8 Summit to discuss a variety of critical issues, including the economic crisis in Europe.
A Maryland family is caught up in an international nightmare. Convicted of spying, Alan Gross sits in a Cuban prison while his wife tries desperately to bring him home.
A Maryland man held hostage in Pakistan is now begging President Barack Obama for help in a new video released by al-Qaeda.
A good kid—an Eagle Scout—buys marijuana on the street. What would make him do that?
Murdered University of Virginia student Yeardley Love’s mother speaks out for the first time since Love’s boyfriend was convicted in her death. Sharon Love broke her silence Wednesday in a push for laws to protect women from domestic violence.
A Harford County teenager killed his father, leaving friends and neighbors with more questions than answers.
When Gov. Martin O’Malley delivers his State of the State Address on Wednesday, his talk will center on reducing a billion dollar shortfall in the budget by any means necessary.
A bold crime in our state’s capital. On one of the busiest streets in Annapolis, several vehicles have their gas stolen, right out of the gas tank.
A shouting match outside the home of Baltimore’s Circuit Court Clerk Frank Conaway could result in charges being filed against the 78-year-old politician.
Caught on tape. It seems like everyone’s got a camera and when police make an arrest there’s a good chance someone’s recording.
Living in luxury while in college. That will be the answer to a moldy, smelly problem at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
The world stops to remember Apple visionary Steve Jobs. News of his death stunned those who use iPods, iPhones and iPads every day.
U.S. drone strikes killed wanted al-Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki Friday morning in southern Yemen.
As we remember one of the most tragic days in modern history, we hear two stories of 9/11 told by two Marylanders who were in harm’s way. One was inside the World Trade Center and the other in the Pentagon when the planes hit.
Poisonous snakes in Maryland backyards. Copperhead attacks are on the rise, and that has experts wondering if it’s a product of the hurricane.
Visitors got their first up-close look Monday at the memorial to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including a towering granite sculpture inspired by the civil rights leader’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The Indiana State Fair reopened Monday with a memorial service after five people died and about four dozen were injured when a stage collapsed over the weekend.
The violence in London is spreading.
The president held a town hall meeting Friday morning at the University of Maryland College Park.
Frustration over airline baggage fees prompts a U.S. soldier to post his story online.
It’s a new era for the most respected news operation in history. The CBS Evening News will welcome Scott Pelley to the news desk Monday evening. Pelley and Vic Carter had a long conversation about his historic appointment and what you will see when he takes charge.
A frightening trend is growing across the nation and in Maryland from something anyone can buy at an office supply store or online.
Violence escalates in Libya, prompting the State Department to prepare to get Americans out as soon as possible.
A Baltimore County man shoots and kills an armed intruder. For nearly a year it appeared to be a closed case. But now a shocking revelation: police say the victim’s son set up the whole plot against his father.
A WJZ investigation uncovers decaying wires emitting dangerous, even deadly electrical currents all over the city of Baltimore.
A WJZ investigation is revealing decaying wires are causing serious hazards throughout Baltimore neighborhoods, hazards so serious they can shock or even kill people as they walk down the street.
In less than 24 hours, Governor Martin O’Malley will address Marylanders about his vision for the next four years. But before he does that, he sat down with Vic Carter for a one-on-one discussion about his priorities.
It’s Maryland vs. Duke Wednesday night on the basketball court and that could mean dangerous student crowds at College Park.
Reaching for unity in a new era of divided government, President Barack Obama implored Democratic and
Republican lawmakers to rally behind his vision of economic revival for an anxious nation, declaring in his State of the Union address Tuesday night: “We will move forward together, or not at all.”
Civility or just silly, the push to mix Republicans and Democrats through the audience of President Barack Obama’s televised State of the Union address spread across Capitol Hill on Monday, fueled by signals that Americans want to see more cooperation among the nation’s leaders.
A gala was held Wednesday night celebrating the inauguration of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley. The governor is returning for four more years and beginning his term with a battle over the budget.
When the Ravens take the field against the Steelers on Saturday, they’ll have a higher power on their side.
Honesty pays, and it’s never too late– these two phrases describe an unusual act 64 years in the making.