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Cullen Browder


Raleigh, NC, United States

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Past articles by Cullen:

Seven North Carolina college campuses have secretly tracked social media posts of students, protesters

Big brother invasion of privacy or pro-active policing? That's the question after a new report revealed seven North Carolina universities use or have used powerful social media-monitoring programs to keep an eye on everything from campus protests to student well-being to drugs. → Read More

Petition filed to remove Wake County Sheriff from office months before his term is up

A petition was filed on Monday to remove Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker from office. → Read More

Raleigh eyeing 11,000-acre plot of rural land with plans to add more homes

A massive 1,700 home development between Poole, New Hope, and Rock Quarry Roads in Raleigh is transforming an area known as Olde Towne. And that pales in size to a piece of land just east of Raleigh that the city looks to annex. → Read More

Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker responds to shake-up within sheriff’s office, late deputy Ned Byrd funeral document

A document obtained by WRAL Investigates appears to show the Wake County Sheriff's Office asking a funeral home to return several of late deputy Ned Byrd's items. It includes his uniform, nameplate and other property that technically belongs to the sheriff's office. → Read More

Wake County K-9 unit sees shake-up after deputy Ned Byrd's death

The Wake County Sheriff's Office is changing its K-9 unit in the aftermath of the shooting death of deputy Ned Byrd, who was killed last month in the line of duty. → Read More

WRAL Investigates: School security and safety measures to protect children

With the start of a new school year, security is priority number one, according to a new survey from Qualtrics. → Read More

WRAL Investigates: Substance abuse trends in schools

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction's most recent data, there were nearly 20,000 school suspensions in 2020-2021 academic year. That number would be much higher if not for a counseling program used by many districts that keeps students in school. → Read More

WRAL Investigates: Exclusive look inside NC State University's Campus Security Center

Combine enrollment approaching 40,000 students with an army of educators and staff, NC State University is a city within a city. Keeping everyone safe and informed about campus security, as wells crimes just off of campus, takes planning, coordination and teamwork. → Read More

'This is a crisis situation': Foster children with nowhere to go sleep in Wake County office

Turning part of an office building into a makeshift shelter for days or even weeks is now a common last resort. On any given night, as many as nine children have slept in the Wake County Social Services Office because of the shortages. → Read More

Wake Co. EMS failed to pay overtime. Now taxpayers are on the hook for nearly $400K

Wake County is paying nearly $400,000 to settle a federal, class-action lawsuit filed by emergency medical services (EMS) workers who claimed they were owed overtime money. → Read More

Mental health crisis creates strain on NC mental health workers: ‘’There was staff that had their hair pulled out’

At a time when more people need help than ever, North Carolina simply doesn't have enough therapists and counselors to meet the demand. → Read More

WRAL Investigates: New high-tech safety tool coming to NC schools

The newly-signed state budget allocates $4.4 million to put panic alarms in North Carolina middle and high schools, but as of now, not elementary schools. → Read More

‘Quit playing political games with people's lives’: Bill to help veterans exposed to toxins falls in US Senate

The U.S. Senate has voted against a revised version of the Honoring our Pact Act after voting in favor of it in June. → Read More

'There's a bunch of money': Lawyers line up to represent victims of Camp Lejeune toxic water

Many out-of-state law firms or so-called lead generators are recruiting veterans and their families to sue if they were impacted by toxic water at Camp Lejeune from decades ago. → Read More

WRAL Investigates: Hundreds of millions in hurricane recovery money still unspent

"Missteps, mismanagement, delays." This week, North Carolina House leaders formed a committee to investigate problems in getting assistance to hurricane victims dating back as far as six years. → Read More

WRAL Investigates: Biggest lottery scratch-off sellers and winners

In 2021, there was a record $3.8 billion in North Carolina Education Lottery sales with scratch-offs as the biggest seller. → Read More

'This is an apology:' Raleigh zebra cobra owner admits his mistake, tells his side of the story

The owner of a deadly zebra cobra that escaped in a north Raleigh neighborhood last summer is speaking out for the first time since he was hit with more than 40 misdemeanor charges. → Read More

New trial scheduled for suspect in Lake Gaston home invasion, robbery, murder case

A judge set a new trial date and a new venue - Granville County - for Lester Kearney, who faces the possibility of the death penalty for his alleged role in an attack that left Dr. Nancy Alford, a local psychologist, dead and her husband, Rev. John Alford was beaten and tied up in March 2018. → Read More

First-time home buyers frustrated by housing grant hurdles

The Triangle's red hot housing market is pricing many buyers out. A WRAL News investigation found that includes many of those who qualify for help as first-time buyers. → Read More

Families fight for compensation for exposure to deadly, toxic water at Camp Lejeune

A section of the Jacksonville City Cemetery, near Camp Lejeune Marine Base, is a sad reminder of the cost of toxic exposure. It's reserved solely for babies who died after they and their parents were exposed to toxic drinking water on the base for decades. → Read More