Procter was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She was two years old when her parents William (a general practitioner) and Barbara divorced. She is a graduate of Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. While at East Carolina University she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. After she received her degrees in journalism and dance at East Carolina, she was employed as a television weather anchor at WNCT-TV in Greenville, North Carolina.