Callan Gray

POSTED: 6:24 AM Dec 24 2013   UPDATED: 3:52 PM Jun 10 2014

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Callan Gray grew up in New York, and has always had a love for storytelling.

She graduated from Syracuse University with dual degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Earth Science. She also minored in Music Industry.

While in school, Callan was a reporter, producer and anchor for All Things Considered on the local NPR station, WAER-FM. Callan also reported for WBNG-TV in Binghamton, New York and interned at stations in Albany, New York and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Callan is excited about being on the News 5 team and she loves meeting the friendly people in our area. When not working, she likes to run, read and cook. Callan also loves getting outdoors to see all that the Appalachian region has to offer.

If you have a story idea, pictures of news happening or just want to say hello, you can email Callan at

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Callan's Most Recent Stories

Pending legislation will pave the way for Wellmont-MSHA merger

A bill is under review by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe that would allow Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System to come together as one company.

Future of Hawkins County cemetery still uncertain

It was standing room only at church in Surgoinsville on Monday night as state officials updated the community on the future of Hawkins County Memorial Gardens.

Runners light up VA Campus to raise awareness for autism

The VA Campus in Johnson City lit up Friday night as dozens of runners raised awareness for autism.

BVU President digusted by former employees' actions

BVU's president and chief executive officer is addressing guilty pleas from the company’s former Vice President of Field Operations and the man who replaced him. Both former employees face fraud charges.

Low water levels affecting real estate prices at Boone Lake

Record-low water levels at Boone Lake are keeping people from putting lake homes on the market. TVA dropped the lake 30 feet below normal and they’ve told us it will stay that way for a year, or longer, as they work to fix foundation problems near the dam.  

Parents respond to plans to consolidate football teams

There may be fewer middle school football teams in Washington County, Tennessee in the next few years and parents are concerned that may mean less playing time for athletes.

West Carter County Fire Chief steps down after 44 years

The West Carter County Volunteer Fire Department Chief has decided to step down after 44 years in the position.

Johnson City to re-name Little League field for long-time volunteers

Two long-time Johnson City Little League volunteers are being honored for decades of service to the program. The city has decided to re-name Neighborhood Field at Kiwanis Park, the Arrowood-Mashburn Field.

Committee picks new sculptures for downtown Johnson City

New sculptures will be displayed in downtown Johnson City starting this summer. The Public Art Committee has hand-picked 12 out of more than 50 choices, submitted by artists from up and down the East Coast.

State of Franklin Rd. construction to end next week

Construction on State of Franklin Road in downtown Johnson City has backed up traffic for months. We talked to city officials on Wednesday and found out all lanes of traffic should be open by the end of next week.

Round-up highlights prescription drug abuse

A drug round-up across the region on Tuesday shows how serious the prescription drug abuse epidemic is in our area.

Sullivan North included in Kingsport City Schools' facilities plan

A Sullivan County school could change hands. Sullivan County and the City of Kingsport are looking at how to use facilities in the future. The county faces under-enrollment while the city expects growth.


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