N.C. Board of Elections hires former WRAL reporter Jackie Hyland

Jackie Hyland

Jackie Hyland

RALEIGH – North Carolina’s State Board of Elections has hired veteran reporter and anchor Jackie Hyland as the agency’s public information officer, according to a news release issued by the agency. Hyland left WRAL in June and has worked in TV journalism in New York and Dallas in addition to Raleigh’s WRAL-TV.

“Jackie brings a wealth of experience to the position,” Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach said in a news release. “We are thrilled she chose to serve our state’s voters during a critical time for elections in North Carolina.”

According to biographical information provided by the SBOE, Hyland reported extensively from Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks and has covered politics, protests, and court proceedings on air. She is the recipient of two Emmy awards and has been recognized by the Associated Press for her work.

“From the rollout of voter ID to investigations and the presidential election, I look forward to keeping the public informed,” said Hyland in the release.

Hyland was born in New York and has lived in Ireland. She studied communications and business at St. John’s University. Hyland succeeds Josh Lawson, who was promoted to general counsel for the agency in August.