Rod Carter

Rod Carter anchors News Channel 8’s weekend evening newscasts at 6 pm, 8 pm and 11 pm.

He is also a general assignment reporter three days a week.  Rod is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and is a a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association.

He is very active as host, moderator or speaker of hundreds of community events throughout Tampa Bay and the state of Florida. Rod was awarded the Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) Hall of Fame Award from the University of South Florida, Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.

He also coaches and guides upcoming journalists as a mentor. For years he has been the lead teacher for the NABJ-FAMU Journalism Short Course, instructing students in broadcast during an intensive weekend course. 

Rod is on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, as Region III Director. He oversees dozens of professional and student chapters across several states. He is the current treasurer and a past president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists. He is also a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for WFLA.

Outside journalism, Rod is a a proud life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and is the 2nd Vice President and a charter member of the Sigma Xi Sigma chapter in Tampa.

Rod is very active in the community, serving on a number of boards:

  • Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association
  • The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
  • Gentleman’s Quest mentoring program
  • Board of Visitors, FAMU School of Journalism
  • Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition
  • Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board
  • Hillsborough Community College Digital, TV and Media Production Advisory Board.

Rod is a also a member of the NAACP and regularly speaks to students in Bay Area schools.

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