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Roy Ackland was born in London, England, and came to WGHP in 1987 from Huntsville, Alabama. He is “Roy” of Roy’s Folks, a popular FOX8 News feature that since 1988 has introduced his audience to some of the most interesting people in the Piedmont and beyond.

The “Roy’s Folks” series on has won several Emmy Awards and Roy continues to look for ordinary people who do extraordinary things. Roy and producer David Weatherly have also been recognized by the “North Carolina Society of Historians” for their work capturing and preserving the state’s rich history.

Roy began his broadcasting career in 1958 in Waco, Texas, where he received his bachelor of arts degree in Radio-TV-Film from Baylor University. He also served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Roy has held a commercial pilot license and skippered a commercial fishing vessel in Alaska.

Roy enjoys fishing, writing and driving his Jeep on dusty back roads.

Recent Articles
  • Randolph County couple has amazing collection

    RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. — Roy Ackland says these days a person can and will collect everything and anything. Some of Roy’s Folks prove that point.

  • Man and dog control Canada geese via motorcycle

    One of Roy’s Folks has a business to control Canada geese. Kent Kuykendall uses a border collie to chase off the geese, but it’s his method of transportation that is a bit unusual. He and the dog ride a motorcycle from place to place — and they both love it.

  • Crafty woman transforms tiny beads into intricate works of art

    One of Roy’s Folks crafty women turns the tiniest of beads into something magnificent. “I would say they are about the size of poppy seeds,” Chris Maj said.  

  • Turning antique bottles into wearable art

    There is a lot of jewelry made of glass, but the jewelry made by some of Roy’s Folks involves glass that can be over a hundred years old. And as Roy Ackland tells us, they transform antique bottles into wearable art.

  • Man builds bluebird houses out of salvaged materials

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Charles Barefoot enjoys spending time in his workshop, where he makes all kinds of things, from whistles to wooden folk toys. But Barefoot is best known for building bluebird houses. “I like to stay busy and I love the birds,” he said. Last year, he built about 150 — and he gave about 100 away.

  • Greensboro man photographs frozen waterfalls

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Mark File lives in Greensboro but operates a website called, a travel guide to the Asheville area. He spends a lot of time in western North Carolina taking photographs for his website. File has taken thousands of waterfall photos and the last few weeks of cold weather provided him the opportunity to catch many of these falls while they were frozen.

  • Star Fiddler’s Convention set for Saturday

    This Saturday the oldest annual fiddler’s convention in the state will take place in Montgomery County. The 88th Star Fiddler’s Convention has attracted many talented musicians over the decades and one of Roy’s Folks says these kinds of events gave him his start in the music business.

  • Piedmont artist paints everything from seascapes to cityscapes

    ARCHDALE, N.C. — His main interest is in the North Carolina coast, but his studio is in Archdale. Roy Ackland introduces us to one of Roy’s Folks, who paints everything from seascapes to cityscapes.

  • Egyptian potter turns his craft into art

    For Ibrahim Said, being a potter came naturally. He grew up with his father, a potter, in Egypt. “I love to work with clay,” he said. Said takes traditional shapes from his native Egypt and adds intricate carvings. “I can work like three weeks or four weeks on one piece.”

  • Kernersville man crafts trains, wagons and more out of wood

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — He grew up in Kernersville, lived most of his adult life in Colorado, and now has retired back in Kernersville where he creates interesting things out of wood, including wooden trains.

  • Shearing the old fashion way

    Today we are blessed with every type of cordless electronic device imaginable. But Roy Ackland says cordless means something completely different to one of Roy’s Folks.

  • Bill Blair’s road to Daytona with his father

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — In the early days of NASCAR the drivers would drive their cars to Daytona. One of Roy’s Folks recalls watching his father win the race there in 1953. Bill Blair tells Roy Ackland the story of how they drove the race car from High Point, to the race and back.


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