Media & Communication | Journalism/News
Journalist Nate Morabito works as the Community Watchdog for WJHL-TV, where he has worked for more than a decade. In that role, he holds the powerful accountable, exposes government waste and uncovers corruption.
In recent years Nate's investigations have prompted change. His reports on elder abuse prompted a new state law in Tennessee complete with tougher penalties for abusers. His stories about people who live in public housing with large incomes prompted a federal audit. His reports on an area restaurant that wouldn't pay its employees ended with some of those employees getting their money back.
Aside from his investigations, some of the stories Nate will probably never forget include covering President Obama's visits to the area, the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech and the Washington County, TN school bus crash that injured two dozen children.
Before moving to the Tri-Cities, Nate spent a year reporting in Brainerd, Minnesota at KAWB-TV. Minnesota's bitter 30-below temperatures were a big change from the warm weather of Charlotte, North Carolina, his hometown.
Although Nate has lived in the south for most of his life, his roots are in the north. Nate was born in Upstate New York and returned there to attend college at Syracuse University. He graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in December 2002 with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Nate bleeds orange, Syracuse Orange that is. He is an avid sports fan and especially enjoys SU basketball. More than anything, he enjoys spending time with his family. Nate and his wife both volunteer with the American Cancer Society.
Nate won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting in 2013 for uncovering a local restaurant's failure to pay its employees.
The Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters has named him Best Television Reporter three times and has honored him twice for Best Investigative Reporting.
Nate was awarded three first place wins at this year's 2015 Tennessee Associated Press Broadcasters and Media Editors awards, including Best Political Coverage, Best Indepth Hard News Story and Best Short Hard News Story.
The Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole also honored Nate with the 2012 "Voice of the Victim" award.