Derek Dellinger is the Sunday night anchor and weekday reporter for Queen City News.
He’s been with the station since 2018. In his time here, he became the chief reporter on a number of stories — the saga over North Carolina’s District 9 2018 Congressional Race, the largest-of-its-kind gas leak along the Huntersville section of Colonial Pipeline, and the many local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prior to coming to Charlotte, he spent nearly seven years as a reporter and weekend anchor at WHNS-TV (FOX Carolina) in Greenville, covering both North and South Carolina. In 2012 and 2016, he covered elections and primaries on both sides of the state line. Throughout his time there, he covered major crime stories, severe weather, and anchored and reported live coverage on the life and passing of Reverend Billy Graham.
Other career highlights include one of the first interviews with former CIA director Porter Goss after the death of Osama bin Laden, while working as a reporter and fill-in anchor at the NBC and ABC stations in Fort Myers, Florida; and covering the numerous economic changes and challenges happening in the Tennessee Valley while working at the ABC station in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A native of western North Carolina, he spent six years working in radio in his hometown and in Tennessee, before making the switch to television.
He’s a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.