Leland Pinder

Leland Pinder

Leland co-anchors WIS Sunrise alongside Mary King weekdays from 4:30-7 a.m. Leland joined the team at WIS in October 2016. He is a native of Charlotte, NC and a graduate of the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

As a high schooler Leland originally thought he wanted to be a dentist and also considered a career as a teacher but after an internship at FOX Charlotte, now WCCB, he knew journalism was the career for him. In college Leland became very involved with the student produced university news and excelled in his broadcasting classes. He was also a representative in student government and a proud member of the UNCW’s male a cappella group, The High Seas.

Before moving to South Carolina’s capital city Leland worked as a weekend evening anchor and reporter at WCTI in Eastern North Carolina. While in Eastern North Carolina Leland covered many important military stories with two Marine Corps bases in the region. He also covered environmental issues important to North Carolina’s coast and agriculture and many stories on higher education at East Carolina University among others.

Prior to that Leland spent nearly four years with Time Warner Cable News in North Carolina, a statewide 24-hour cable news network. Leland started as an intern with the company, becoming an assignment editor in Charlotte then being promoted to reporter out of the network’s Wilmington newsroom.

There are countless people out there and countless stories to tell and that’s why Leland enjoys being a journalist. You learn something new every day, there is rarely a dull moment, and you get to meet so many different people with their own unique backgrounds, experiences, and stories. Leland is excited to learn more about the issues and stories important to Columbians and South Carolinians and to meet the people who make the communities of the Midlands tick. 

Recent Articles by Leland

  MONEY MATTERS: Choosing a Medicare plan and how it impacts retirement

  13-year-old CEO from South Carolina gets worldwide exposure

  ‘Dog and Cat Blues’: Newberry Co. man writes catchy COVID song about pets

  Furry Friends Fridays: Meet Angus the kitten

  Mom, daughters learn more about COVID-19 by making homemade models of the virus

  Richland Library celebrates Black History Month with enriching free programming

  Some neighbors oppose Fairfield Co. proposal for new wastewater treatment plant on Syrup Mill Road

  NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH: Celebrating and preserving Native American heritage in SC

  WIS morning anchor to dance ‘The Nutcracker’ with Columbia Classical Ballet

  Former Irmo mayor learns from mistake, spends year educating self and embracing community

  Columbia woman brings the arts to underserved children

  S.C. father-son duo ‘develop expertise’ for Columbia businesses

  ‘She was loved and she will not be forgotten:’ Family, friends seek justice, peace in SC girl’s 1964 murder

  Kershaw Co. school district opens new year with several building projects, renovations

  Kershaw County School District welcomes new Superintendent

  'Palmetto Palate' to celebrate SC farmers, chefs

Gatlinburg rebounds as residents with Midlands connections reflect on wildfires

One year after those devastating fires, Gatlinburg, TN is back in business

Cayce's Hall of Horrors scares up cash for a good cause

Overnight in Oz at the South Carolina State Museum

Storm damage being assessed in Midlands to determine possible tornadoes

USC students engaging community through opera

United Way providing dental, vision care to record number of families

How do you maintain a healthy family despite intruding technology?

Richland One offering language immersion to elementary students

Restaurant Week at Villa Tronco

Leaders, community members gather at breakfast to remember legacy of Dr. King

Former homeless teen helping others this Thanksgiving

Thousands turn out for the 38th annual Veteran's Day Parade