Robin Reed has been with WDBJ7 since March of 1982.
His path to television began with a passion for baseball but a major league
career was not to be. TV sports reporting was the logical extension but when the
opportunity to present weather in Roanoke came along, Robin knew he had found a new hometown.
Viewers are often impressed by Robin's professional on-air presentation, but what they don't always see is his dedication to education. Robin has served as an instructor at Virginia Western Community College and for the last 7 years has taught meteorology and communication courses at Virginia Tech. He has become one of the most sought-after speakers in our area.
In February of 2017, Robin was asked to take over the 6 PM anchor chair for the departing Chris Hurst. Viewers appreciate having a familiar face presenting the news and Robin is enjoying the new challenge.
Emcee of the night:
William Geroux wrote for the Richmond Times-Dispatch for twenty-five years. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Associated Press, and various regional magazines. His previous book is The Mathews Men. A native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the College of William and Mary, he lives in Virginia Beach, VA. Geroux’s most recent work, The Ghost Ships of Archangel: The Arctic Voyage That Defied the Nazis, tells an extraordinary story of survival and alliance during World War II: the icy journey of four Allied ships crossing the Arctic to deliver much needed supplies to the Soviet war effort.
Mary Carter Bishop
Mary Carter Bishop is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She was a long-time reporter for The Roanoke Times and won a George Polk Award for her series on pesticide poisonings and fraud by exterminators. Additionally, Bishop was part of the Pulitzer-Prize winning Philadelphia Inquirer team that covered the 1979 nuclear leaks at Three Mile Island, Pa. She lives in Roanoke. Her current book, Don’t You Ever: My Mother and Her Secret Son, tells the story of a family secret she discovered while applying for a passport and how that discovery led her to find an unknown half-brother whose childhood was vastly different from her own, the effects from which he still suffered.
Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for National Public Radio and the host of the podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour, which has also held sold-out, live shows in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Holmes’ heartfelt debut novel, Evvie Drake Starts Over, reached number nine on the New York Times Bestseller list in August 2019. This fictional romantic comedy tells the story of the unlikely relationship between a young woman who has lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game.