Turnover is inevitable in television news. We're proud of the News-7 staffers who've chosen to remain for many years. We're also proud of those who have used the experience gained at Your Hometown Station® to move on to other endeavors. Any bragging about News7 "graduates" begins with Ann Compton , who was the Richmond Bureau Chief in the early 1970s and who went on to work at ABC News. There have been lots of other faces through the years, and many times viewers will call or write to ask, "Whatever happened to So-and-So." Below is a list of some of those you may remember from recent years.
Natasha Ryan. Former NEWS7 Anchor and reporter Natasha Ryan left in 2011 to become a reporter at KING Television Station in Seattle, Washington.
Joy Sutton. Joy came to News7 as an intern in 1997, and returned after she graduated from Howard University in 1999. Joy worked as a General Assignment Reporter, Health Check Reporter, and Weekend Morning Anchor. Joy left in March 2010 to become Marketing and Communications Manager for HCA Southwest Virginia.
Jennifer Wishon. Jennifer started her career at WDBJ7 as an Associate Producer. She later served as a General Assignment Reporter and spent four years as our Richmond Bureau Chief. Jennifer is now a correspondent for CBN News based in Washington, DC.
Mike Stevens. Mike arrived at WDBJ7 in March 1985, and worked at the station for 23 years as a Sports Reporter and Anchor. He spent most of those years as WDBJ7's Sports Director, and the station's lead Sports Anchor at 5, 6 and 11PM. He also hosted Friday Football Extra. Mike left in June 2008 to become Director of Communications for the City of Salem.
Alex Lawson. Former News7 Reporter and Weekend Producer. Alex now works for Fox News in New York City.
Steve Smallshaw. Former Lynchburg Bureau Chief. Steve left News7 in 2007 to become Broadcast Services Coordinator for the City of Lynchburg.
Jim Kent. Six O'clock Anchor from 1977-1981. Former News Director. Jim is now News Director for WFIR radio.
Ted Stone. Former News 7 Reporter. News7's Satellite Feed Coordinator and Special Projects Editor. Ted retired from WDBJ in 2009.Rachel DePompa. Rachel joined News7 as the New River Valley Bureau Chief in late 2003. She left WDBJ7 in March 2008 to report for WWBT NBC12 in Richmond.
Jeremy Butterfield. Jeremy came to News7 as part-time weekend reporter in July of 2004. Jeremy left WDBJ7 in September of 2006 to take a reporter/photographer job at WLOS in Asheville, NC. He currently works as the Communications and Public Relations Coordinator for the Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank in Roanoke.
Myranda Stephens. Myranda started at News7 as New River Valley Bureau Chief in 2002 and became Weekend Anchor the next year. Myranda left News7 in August of 2006 to take a reporting job at WHP, the CBS affiliate in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Joe McKean. Joe started as a reporter in 1985 and became Assignment Editor in 1990. Joe left News7 in June of 2006 to take a teaching position with Radford University.
Steve Pardon. Steve left News7 in March of 2006 after nine years as Co-host of News7 Mornin'. Steve left to focus full time on his house renovation and apartment managing business in Roanoke.
Shannon Young. Shannon joined WDBJ7 in the summer of 2000 as News7 Mornin' Co-anchor and weather person. She later co-anchored News7 at 6, and then moved to anchoring News7 at 5 and News7 at 11. She left in November of 2005 to be closer to her family and to work at KTVL in her hometown of Medford, Oregon.
Steve Mason. Steve joined WDBJ7 in 1991 and became a full-time sports reporter in 1992. He left in March of 2005 to devote full time to his independent production company and to his work with international Christian ministries.
Richard Lesko. Richard Lesko started at WDBJ7 in June of 2000 as an Associate Producer. He became Weekend Producer/Reporter in October of 2001. He left in January of 2005 to take a producing job at WTVR, the CBS affiliate in Richmond.
Meghan Muldoon. Meghan Muldoon joined WDBJ7 in 2002 as Capitol Correspondent. She remained in the Richmond office until August of 2004, when she left to pursue opportunities in New York City.
Marya Jones. Marya Jones joined WDBJ7 in 1999. She worked in our newsrooms in Danville and Blacksburg before transferring to Roanoke, where she anchored News 7 Sunday Morning and reported four days a week. Marya left us in December of 2003 to take a public relations job in the Los Angeles, California area.
Teresa Hamilton. Teresa Hamilton joined WDBJ7 in 1994. After working in Danville and Blacksburg, she became Weekend Anchor in 1999. Teresa left us in October of 2003 to become Public Information Director for Roanoke County.
Rachel Cannon. Rachel joined WDBJ7 as NRV Bureau Chief in Blacksburg in February of 2001. She became Business Reporter in July 2002. Rachel left us in August of 2003 to take job with WSBT, the CBS affiliate in South Bend Indiana.
Jennifer Miele. Jen came to work at WDBJ7 as the Business Reporter in May, 2000. She left in June, 2002 for a reporting job at WTAJ, the CBS affiliate in Altoona, PA. In October 2004, Jen began working at WTAE in Pittsburgh.
Jacey Birch. Jacey joined WDBJ7 in July, 2000. She left in May, 2002 to become the Weekend Weathercaster/Weekday Reporter at WZTV, the Fox affiliate in Nashville, TN. In 2004, Jacey began working at WPLG in Miami.
Roy Stanley. Weekend Sports Reporter. Roy died on April 9, 2002 at the age of 51 after a brief illness. He worked for WDBJ7 for 30 years.
Ellen Qualls. After seven years as WDBJ7's Richmond Bureau Chief and Capitol Correspondent, and a total of nine years with the station, Ellen left in December, 2001 to become press secretary for Virginia Governor Mark Warner. In February 2007, Ellen became a senior aide to the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Denise Allen. Denise anchored weekend mornings and was a sports reporter and anchor. She left in August of 2001, and went to work at WFIR Radio in Roanoke.
Kate Weidaw. Kate came to WDBJ7 in June, 1999. She left in August of 2001 for a television station in Harrisburg, PA. She now works at KXAN in Austin, Texas.
Tina Tenret. Tina joined WDBJ7 in 1997. She left at the end of 2000 to take a reporting job with WNEP-TV in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She later moved to WNCN-TV in Raleigh.
Surae Chinn. Surae became Danville Bureau Chief in 1999. She left in October of 2000 to take a job at WXLV-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She returned to Virginia to report and anchor at WSET before heading to KCTV in Kansas City in 2005.
Andrew Freiden. Andrew Freiden did Weekend Weather for News7 for more than two years. He left in July of 2000 to take a job with WWBT-TV in Richmond.
Tonya Flory. Tonya was our Health Check Reporter for three years. She left us in June of 2000 to take a job with a television station in Richmond.
Melanie Moon. After seven years as News7's Morning/Noon Anchor, Melanie left in May of 2000 to become Weekend Anchor at KPLR in St. Louis, Missouri.
Scott Goldberg. Scott joined WDBJ7 as Business Reporter in 1997. He left in March of 2000 to take a reporting job at WSPA-TV in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Scott joined KARE in Minneapolis in 2003.
Eric Earnhart. Eric was News7's Weekend News Anchor for three years. He was instrumental in starting the popular "Web Watch" feature that looks at interesting web sites in the news. He left in October of 1999 to take a job with John Lambert Associates, a Roanoke public relations firm. He is currently employed as the Director of Media and Community Relations for Carilion Clinic.
Connie Stevens. Connie joined News7 in 1991. Her reporting specialized in health and medicine and she inaugurated the "Health Check" segment on News7 at Five. She left in October of 1997 to work with a local law firm, and then went on to teach at Radford University. Currently, she is the News Director of WVTF Public Radio in Roanoke.
Len Besthoff. Len joined News7 in 1991 as Business Reporter and left in September of 1997 to take a reporting job with WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina. From there, he returned to his home state to report at WFSB in Hartford.
Larry Dowdy. Morning Co-Host for six years. Larry left News7 in July of 1997 to return to his radio roots at Roanoke's K-92-FM. He can now be heard on the Magic FM in Roanoke/Lynchburg.
Tracy Altizer. New River Valley Bureau Chief for six years. Tracy left WDBJ7 in May of 1997 to do public relations and consulting work in Blacksburg.
Beth Myer. Morning Weather/Co-Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1997 to take a public relations job with Carilion Health Systems.
Ron Jones. Weekend Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1996 to become weekend anchor at the NBC affiliate in Sacramento, California.
Kim Wheeler. Weekend Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1995 to become weekend anchor at the NBC affiliate in Cleveland, Ohio.
Crystal Jackson. Morning Weather/Co-Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1994 to take a job with the ABC affiliate in Kansas City, MO. Later moved to WTTG, the Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C.
Meg O'Conor. Reporter. Left WDBJ7 in 1994 for a reporter job at the CBS affiliate in Seattle, Washington.
Cecily Tynan. Weekend Weather. Left WDBJ7 in 1993 for a job at KTNV in Las Vegas. Moved to a weather job at the ABC Affiliate in Philadelphia, WPVI.
Stephen Tschida . Weekend Anchor/Reporter. Left WDBJ7 in 1992 for a job at NewsChannel 8 in Springfield, VA.
John Kernan. Sports Director. Left WDBJ7 in 1992 to do NASCAR reporting for ESPN.
Jane Karlen. Anchor and Business Reporter. Left in 1991 to take a job with NewsChannel 8 in Springfield, VA.
Nesita Kwan. Morning/Noon Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1990 for a job in Norfolk. Worked in Houston and eventually became an anchor at the NBC affiliate in Chicago.
Rick Mosher. Eleven O'Clock Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1992 to take a public relations job in the Washington, D.C. area. Rick died in 1995.
Becky Riddle. Eleven O'Clock Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1987 to live and work in Boston, Massachusetts.
Lyn Jackson . Eleven O'Clock Anchor. Left WDBJ7 in 1990 to take a job with WRAL-TV, the CBS affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Paul Lancaster. Reporter, Richmond Correspondent, Assignment Editor, Public Affairs Director. Left WDBJ 7 in 1986 to become Broadcast Media Coordinator at Virginia Tech, and host of "Blue Ridge Nightline" on Blue Ridge Public TV.
Mike Randall. Co-Host of PM Magazine in 1981-1982 at WDBJ 7. Now Chief Meteorologist at WKBW-TV in Buffalo, he also continues to perform his nationally acclaimed one-man show "Mark Twain Live! Email Mike .
Kathy Winstel. Reporter and anchor for News7 Mornin' in 1981-1982. She married her co-worker Mike Randall in 1982 and became Kathy Randall. Mike and Kathy report they have three great kids and live in North Boston, NY.
Frank Billingsley. Weather. Left WDBJ7 to work at the ABC affiliate in Houston, Texas. Currently works at KPRC in Houston.
Eugenia Halsey. WDBJ7 Richmond Bureau Chief. Went to work as a correspondent for CNN based in Washington.
Bill King. Sports Director in late 1970's. Left to do sports at WWBT-TV in Richmond, later went to work for the City of Richmond.
Bruce Edwards. Chief Weathercaster. Left WDBJ7 in 1981 to go to work for The Weather Channel.
Tom Mattesky. Left WDBJ7 to become a producer with CBS News.
Pat Wilson. Eleven O-Clock Anchor. Left in 1982 to work at a station in Buffalo, New York. Eventually ended up in Atlanta.
Graham Wilson. Reporter, Weekend Anchor, Bureau Chief. Left in 1980 to work at WVEC in Norfolk. Later founded Capital Communications Public Relations in Raleigh, NC.
Some people you may remember on the air are still at WDBJ 7, only now they're behind the camera.
Kelly Wittenauer. Former Reporter and Assignment Editor. Now Kelly Zuber, Director of Digital Media.