ABC11 Eyewitness News Encourages Fans to Vote for Amber Rupinta in “Dancing Like The Stars”

Morning News Anchor Stays Strong in “Dancing Like The Stars” Competition for National Inclusion Project

Raleigh, NC, May 02, 2012 --( ABC11 Eyewitness News ( has announced that anchor Amber Rupinta, who starts each weekday from 4:30 a.m. through 7 a.m. on Eyewitness News This Morning, is preparing to compete in the National Inclusion Project’s “Dancing Like The Stars” on Saturday, April 28 at the Southern Women’s Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, located at 1025 Blue Ridge Road. Rupinta and dancing partner Steve Caballero will compete against WRAL’s Sloane Heffernan, NBC-17’s Sharon Delaney, USA Baseball Director of Public Relations Jake Fehling, 100.7, The River’s Kitty Kinnin and 17-year-old special needs student Jonathan Bunzey. “Dancing Like The Stars” is a fundraiser that pairs local celebrities with dance professionals from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Raleigh to dance in front of an audience. The “winner” is not the best dancer, but is the celebrity who raises the most funds for the National Inclusion Project.

The National Inclusion Project works every day to make the inclusion of children with disabilities a reality. Since its inception, the organization has made an impact by ensuring that children nationwide can experience all that life has to offer through partnering with communities and inclusive programs to create awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring. The National Inclusion Project grew out of the relationship between Clay Aiken, Diane Bubel and Diane’s then 13-year-old son, Mike, who had been diagnosed with autism.

To learn more about “Dancing Like The Stars” and to vote for a celebrity and donate, please visit

“We are proud of Amber for selflessly competing in the National Inclusion Project’s ‘Dancing Like the Stars’ event to ensure that no child is left on the sidelines,” said John Idler, president and general manager of ABC11. “She represents all of us at ABC11 in our support of community causes and nonprofits. We encourage the public to generously donate to this wonderful nonprofit organization by voting for their favorite participants. We are a little biased and would recommend voting for Amber, but what really matters is that people vote.”

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- Rupinta joined ABC11 in February 2004, spending the next five years as the weekend morning co-anchor before joining the station’s weekday morning anchor team.

- Notable topics Rupinta has covered for ABC11 include: Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton battling for N.C. voters, Hurricane Ophelia, a terrorist attack at UNC-CH, the Conagra plant explosion and the Carthage nursing home massacre that left eight people dead.

About ABC11 Eyewitness News:
ABC11 Eyewitness News provides 33 hours of local news every week, serving more than 1 million households in a 23-county area in North Carolina and Virginia. Eyewitness News also provides news, weather and sports information 24 hours a day on as well as serving two additional digital channels, The HD Live Well Network on 11.2 (Time Warner Ch. 1112; and the Live Well Network on 11.3 (Time Warner Ch. 113). ABC11 WTVD is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group, which is home to all of The Walt Disney Company's worldwide entertainment and news television properties. For more information, go to

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