Rod Carter joined CBS 17 News after spending several years at WFLA in Tampa, Florida.
Rod is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and is a a life member of the FAMU National Alumni Association.
He coaches and guides upcoming journalists as a mentor. For years he has been the lead teacher for the NABJ-FAMU Journalism Short Course, instructing students in broadcast during an intensive weekend course. Rod was awarded the Kappa Tau Alpha (KTA) Hall of Fame Award from the University of South Florida, Zimmerman School of Advertising and Mass Communications.
Rod is on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists, as Region III Director.
He oversees dozens of professional and student chapters across several states. He is a past president of the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.
Outside journalism, Rod is a proud Life Member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and is the 2nd Vice President and a charter member of the Sigma Xi Sigma chapter in Tampa.
Rod is very active in the community, serving on a number of boards:
- Community Leadership Board of the American Diabetes Association
- The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay
- Gentleman’s Quest mentoring program
- Board of Visitors, FAMU School of Journalism
- Tampa Bay Juneteenth Coalition
- Swope, Rodante Vanguard Award Selection Board
- Hillsborough Community College Digital, TV and Media Production Advisory Board.
Rod is also a member of the NAACP.