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Paul Choate joined the FOX8 family as a web producer in October 2013.

He came to FOX8 from High Country Press, a newspaper in Boone where he worked first as a general assignment reporter and later as the managing editor.

Originally from the small mountain town of Sparta, Paul has called North Carolina “home” his entire life and loves living in the Piedmont Triad.

Paul is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

When he is not finding and creating content for and our social media platforms, Paul is probably cheering on his beloved Los Angeles Lakers, Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Braves.

Paul lives in Greensboro with his fiancée, Kristina, and their rambunctious dog, Jack.

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    Hit and run in Kernersville injures woman, sends car into house; suspect sought

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — A woman was injured in a hit-and-run accident involving two vehicles Thursday afternoon. The accident was reported at 2:42 p.m. at the intersection of Salisbury and Woodbine streets. A gold Pontiac Grand Am, operated by Judy Leonard, 68, of Winston-Salem, was traveling east on Salisbury Street. According to police, a red full-size truck, possibly a Ford, attempted a left turn from Woodbine Street and collided with the Grand Am. The impact caused the Grand Am to leave […]

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    Davidson County Schools IT employee charged with possessing child pornography

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — An information technology employee at Davidson County Schools faces numerous child pornography charges. Michael Andrew Smith, 34, of Lexington, is charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a news release. A Davidson County Schools official confirmed Smith was an IT employee with the school system. “Student and staff safety is of paramount concern for everyone with Davidson County Schools and we are deeply saddened and surprised by charges against one of our […]

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    Escaped female inmate captured in Burlington

    BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Police have captured a female inmate who escaped custody on Wednesday afternoon in Burlington.

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    ‘Help! Help!’ Man stuck in storm drain for 4 days rescued

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. — After four days stuck in a storm drain, a man was rescued on Sunday, according to WKRN. Brian Williams, who was attending a swim meet, heard the man calling for help around 12:30 p.m. “He was yelling, ‘Help! Help!’ sort of repeatedly,” Williams told WKRN. Williams said he and his family found the man by using the lights from their cell phone cameras. “He said, ‘Praise God. Thank you. I have been down here forever.’ And he […]

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    Flag flying at half-staff to honor officers stolen from Gibsonville Police Department

    GIBSONVILLE, N.C. — An American flag flying at half-staff in honor of National Peace Officer Memorial Day was stolen from the Gibsonville Police Department Friday morning. Police said in a Facebook post the theft happened at about 11 a.m. “Today is National Peace Officer Memorial Day and the flag was flying at half-staff in honor of those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice,” police said. Police Chief Ron Parrish calls the act “a sign of disrespect.” “That is a slap […]

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    The Discovery Channel just destroyed the Pittsburgh Penguins on Twitter

    The Pittsburgh Penguins were knocked out of the Stanley Cup playoffs in April, suffering a 4-1 series loss to the New York Rangers. But the beating they took on Twitter at the hands of the Discovery Channel on Thursday may be even worse. On Wednesday, Discovery tweeted out a message to its followers about the average height of penguins: On average, emperor penguins grow to be 3.8 feet tall >> — Discovery (@Discovery) May 13, 2015 Pittsburgh took […]

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    Quarterback takes friend with Down syndrome to prom, fulfilling fourth grade promise

    HARRISBURG, Pa. — A high school quarterback surprised his childhood friend with Down syndrome by keeping a promise he made in fourth grade to take her to prom. According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Mary Lapkowicz and Ben Moser developed a special bond, with Ben always making sure she was involved in what other people were doing. “He watched over her constantly,” their teacher Tracey Spogli recalled. “If she was looking like she wasn’t having fun, he would go over and talk […]

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    Father calls 911 from train after realizing he left his 1-year-old in his SUV

    QUINCY, Mass. — A father frantically called police after realizing he left his baby in his car before boarding a train, according to WCVB. The man called police as he was on the train at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. “I left my 1-year-old baby in my SUV by accident this morning,” the father said to a 911 dispatcher. “I am on my way back to the station now.” The father had traveled from North Quincy to Boston on the train. The […]

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    Mother hears daughter’s final words over phone before father shoots, kills her

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. — “Daddy, daddy, what are you doing?” Those were the last words a Virginia mother heard over the phone before her 11-year-old daughter was murdered, according to WTKR. Kentucky State Police said 11-year-old Tasha Jonas was shot by her father, 49-year-old John Jonas, who then turned the gun on himself. A neighbor found the bodies outside their home near Fort Knox, where John served as an Army Lt. Col. A close friend of the girls mother, Karina Jonas, […]

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    Woman accused of leaving child in car while she drank at bar on Mother’s Day

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Mother’s Day did not end the way one Oklahoma City woman probably had in mind. Hayley Dawn Hampton, 28, was arrested early Monday morning on complaints of child neglect, according to KOCO. At about 12:20 a.m. Monday, police responded to an Oklahoma City sports bar in reference to a report of a woman who left her 4-year-old child in her car while she was having drinks. When officers arrived, they found the child sleeping in the back seat […]

  • Latisha Wall

    Greensboro police locate missing woman

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Police have located a missing woman who was last seen on Monday afternoon. Latisha Wall, 40, was last seen at about 2 p.m. Monday in the 500 block of Banner Avenue. Police said Wednesday afternoon that Wall has been located.

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    UNC coach Roy Williams sends inspirational letter to bullied boy on autism spectrum

    After hearing about a young Tar Heels fan getting brutally bullied and attacked at school, North Carolina head coach Roy Williams stepped up and did something to make him feel better, according to WTVD’s Mark Armstrong. Drew Summerlin, 11, has Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, and has been the victim of bullying from other students at his school. Drew was cyber-bullied in the weeks leading up to the attack, with students online encouraging him to kill himself, according to […]


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