Rusty Ray anchors News13 This Morning every weekday from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m.
Since he began working at News13’s Lumberton bureau in July 2002, Rusty has had every opportunity to cover every type of story in every corner of the Carolinas and in places like Florida, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.
His reports have also appeared on CBS News and CBS Radio News on various occasions. He has interviewed politicians like Senator John McCain, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Governors Nikki Haley and Mark Sanford.. His celebrity interviews include Dolly Parton, Guy Fieri, Stephen Colbert, Pat Conroy, R. Lee Ermey, Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, and members of Hootie and the Blowfish.
Rusty covered three Daytona 500s, and NASCAR races at Darlington Raceway dating back to 2004. He also contributed a story about his and his family’s experiences for the February 2010 release: Chicken Soup For The Soul: NASCAR.
From 2013 until 2016, Rusty was the co-creator, moderator, and primary contributor to the Twitter account @TiredTVTerms, a popular account that grew to include more than 7,500 followers in TV newsrooms around the world.
From 2011 to 2015, Rusty was a teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University, where he taught journalism writing and sports journalism classes. He’s also thrilled that many of his students went on to intern at News13 and even took jobs with the station and have moved on to bigger markets already.
Rusty graduated from the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at University of Maryland in 2002. In 2009, he was named a Distinguished Graduate by his alma mater, Linganore High School, in Frederick, Maryland.
In 2012, he graduated from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Grand Strand program (Class XXXII).
When not at work, you can find Rusty enjoying sports, including Big Ten football and basketball (Go Terps!), and NASCAR. He also tries to consider himself a runner, though he’s really more of a jogger.
Rusty, his wife, and daughter live near Myrtle Beach, along with their friendly little cat, Frida.