Editor’s note: WNCT will share out its top stories of 2022 in several categories over the next few days. The top stories were determined by overall page views from analytical numbers Google has put together.


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — From celebrity deaths to a scare from Jay Leno, MrBeast breaking more records and Guy Fieri visiting Eastern North Carolina, 2022 was an active year of stories and news.

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WNCT has compiled its top ten most popular stories of 2022.

10. Naomi Judd, of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, dies at 76 (2,562 pageviews)

Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, died back in April. She was 76.

Naomi Judd (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)

9. Local US Cellular stores in ‘Undercover Boss’ spotlight (3,154 pageviews)

Going undercover has its benefits, especially when it’s eventually broadcast on national TV. US cellular in Greenville was spotlighted in an episode of “Undercover Boss” back in March.

8. Cheslie Kryst, former Miss USA, dies at 30 (3,873 pageviews)

Cheslie Kryst, the 2019 winner of the Miss USA pageant and a correspondent for the entertainment news program “Extra,” died at age 30 back in January.

Cheslie Kryst (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for BET)

7. Mary J. Blige, George W. Bush and everyone else coming to North Carolina’s biggest stages in September (4,456 pageviews)

The month of September was huge as some big names visited North Carolina. From Alan Jackson to Mary J. Blige follows him and even former President George W. Bush.

6. MrBeast seeking record milestone with YouTube (4,700 pageviews)

Greenville resident MrBeast, the richest YouTube creator, was looking to dramatically raise his portfolio. Forbes magazine said he was bringing in a 10-figure valuation for his many money-making journeys.

5. Jay Leno ‘in good humor’ after suffering serious burns in car fire (5,949 pageviews)

Jay Leno was being treated for serious burns to his face and body after he was injured in a car fire in November.

4. Lawsuit filed against ‘Fixer to Fabulous’ hosts (6,195 pageviews)

 A lawsuit was filed two years ago against Dave and Jenny Marrs, the couple who hosts HGTV’s “Fixer to Fabulous” show. It attracted a whole lot of attention from our readers in 2022.

3. Greenville native talks budding acting career, new movie (6,677 pageviews)

The acting bug caught Greenville native Adaisha Strong at an early age. Now, you can see her hard work paying off in a new film.

2. Lara Logan says she was ‘pushed out’ at Fox News (11,994 pageviews)

 Former CBS journalist Lara Logan claims she was “pushed out” at Fox News following controversial comments she made in 2021 comparing Anthony Fauci to infamous Nazi doctor Josef Mengele.

1. Atlantic Beach restaurant to be featured Friday on ‘Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives’ (24,783 pageviews)

Food so good, Guy Fieri had to visit North Carolina. The “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives” host visited this Atlantic Beach restaurant to shoot a segment for his show. It was one of several he did in the Carteret County area.