Tar Heel Traveler


    Scott Mason is a broadcast journalist with 28 years of television experience.  He has won dozens of awards for documentaries, writing, and feature reporting, including three National Edward R. Murrow awards and 16 regional Emmys.  In both 2004 and 2005, the Electronic News Association of the Carolinas names Scott the North Carolina Television Reporter of the Year.

    Scott has worked as a reporter and bureau chief of network affiliates in Chattanooga, Tennessee; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Dayton, Ohio.

    In 1991, Scott joined the PBS affiliate in Richmond, Virginia, where he created, wrote, produced, and hosted a weekly news magazine.  Virginia Currents won more than 100 awards for journalistic excellence during Scott’s tenure.  The United States Information Agency distributed the program to embassies worldwide.

    Scott’s success caught the attention of WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.  In April, 1997, Scott became the station’s Documentary Producer.  He researched, wrote, and produced nine documentaries before adding his talents to the nightly news team as a reporter specializing in features.

    Today, Scott is known as the Tar Heel Traveler.  His Monday-Thursday feature series on WRAL takes viewers along the back roads of North Carolina where he meets memorable characters, finds out-of-the-way places, and unearths fascinating historical footnotes.  The series has become so popular it has led to Tar Heel Traveler half-hour specials, which Scott produces each quarter.  He has also published a book about his television adventures titled, Tar Heel Traveler:  Journeys Across North Carolina (Globe Pequot Press, Oct. 2010).

    Scott graduated in 1984 from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, where he majored in Journalism and Communications.  He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in creative writing at Queens University of Charlotte.  Scott liven in Raleigh with his wife Nina, daughters Lane and Genie, and son Scout.



17 Regional Emmys

3 National Edward R. Murrow awards;

2 NC TV Reporter of the Year Awards


Hobbies:  Writing, Tennis, Ice Hockey

Books:  “On Writing” by Stephen King; “The Best of Robert Service” by Robert Service; “The Cat in the Hat” by Dr. Seuss

Likes Best About North Carolina:  The climate and southern hospitality





Reporter, WRAL-TV

Writing is a way of life.  It uses all of your talent, your energy, your passion, even your doubts and failings.

It is a complete use of your personality ... It’s difficult, soul-searching work of the most exacting kind, yet you do not think of it that way.

You feel the tug of the words and revisit them every day.  You lose yourself in the act.

~Philip Gerard