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Tim Saunders' Blog

May 21, 2010
(Page 16 of 16)

I had the great pleasure of meeting NASA astronaut and Lynchburg native Leland Melvin this morning.  Melvin was on board the space shuttle Atlantis during its February trip to the International Space Station.  How exciting to meet someone who has been to space and seen the earth from above! Melvin talked with me about what it was like to see our planet from a great distance.  He says it has given him a new appreciation of the environment and what we need to do to take care of it for future generations.  I can't imagine what his journey must have been like.  Melvin took time this morning to speak with students at his alma mater, Heritage High School.  He later paid a visit to Liberty University and Liberty Christian Academy.  Melvin is a great example for our local students - someone who has achieved greatness in many arenas.  Before becoming an astronaut, Melvin had a distinguished athletic career, playing football for Heritage, the University of Richmond, and briefly with the Detroit Lions and Dallas Cowboys.  How many other people can say they both played professional football and soared above the earth in a space shuttle.  Quite an impressive person and a great ambassador for the city of Lynchburg!

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April 1, 2008

Hello! I've decided to join the world of blogging here at News 7.  First, an introduction.  I'm the new Lynchburg Bureau Chief, but I've actually been with WDBJ since the summer of 2006.  I came here as a video editor and photographer, working my way up to what you see me doing today.  I'm doing the job I've always wanted to do, covering my hometown on my hometown station.  I grew up in Bedford where News 7 was the only news we were ever allowed to watch.  Every day at 6:00, my Dad still commands us to "put it on the Real News," a nod to one of WDBJ's catch phra, ses of the past.  I started my TV news career 10 years ago at one of WDBJ's friendly competitors, but even then my family's television dial was rusted on channel 7. Today, I'm grateful for their loyalty!

My path to this job has been an interesting ride.  Before coming to WDBJ, I worked at a TV station in Harrisonburg, Virginia.  It's the same station Skytracker 7 Meteorologist Jay Webb came from, so we've been co-workers for nearly 5 years now.  We used to sit around the studio in Harrisonburg, wondering when we'd get to come back home and work at Channel 7.  It's nice to sit here and write this, realizing we both got our wish.

I encourage you to stay in touch and keep me updated on stories you think I should be covering from the Lynchburg Newsroom. We cover a vast area from this office.  My beat includes the counties of Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell, Charlotte, Nelson, Pittsylvania, Halifax and the cities of Bedford, Danville, and Lynchburg.  It's hard to be everywhere at once, so please e-mail me often and tell me what's going on in your neck of the woods.  Actually, feel free to e-mail me for any reason.  I'd love to hear from and reconnect with everyone here locally that I've lost touch with over the years.

Thanks for reading my blog and keep watching Your Hometown Station for more stories from Lynchburg and Central Virginia!

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