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May 21, 2010
E-Mail Kimberly Follow Kimberly on Facebook Kimberly McBroom can honestly say WDBJ 7 is her hometown station. A native of the Roanoke area, Kimberly grew up watching familiar faces like Keith Humphry and Robin Reed. It's no wonder she gets a kick out of working with them as the Anchor for News 7 Mornin' and News 7 at Noon . Kimberly first developed an interest in broadcasting after spending her high school years performing in various theatrical productions.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | June 16, 2011
A birthday cake and a champagne toast helped Channel 25 celebrate its 18th anniversary.  It was an important milestone for a television station that has struggled at times to stay on the air. Merab Merkviladze is Channel 25's Executive Manager. Speaking through an interpreter, he told News 7, "there were times when we faced such problems that we got disappointed. " There's no shortage of news in Batumi, a Black Sea resort and cultural center. It's a city of contrasts with historic architecture and explosive growth, but providing an independent voice in an emerging Democracy hasn't always been easy.
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May 21, 2010
E-Mail Joe Follow Joe on Twitter Joe Dashiell is a native of Norfolk and a 1980 graduate of Washington and Lee University, where he majored in journalism. He has manned each of WDBJ's three bureaus starting with Lynchburg in the fall of 1980. He helped establish the New River newsroom in 1982. He moved to Richmond three years later to cover the General Assembly, Governor's Office, and state politics. During his five years in Richmond he was elected president of the Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | February 9, 2012
The usual business of Virginia's General Assembly was briefly put on hold Thursday, to make way for a young man with an incredible story. "Very rarely do we have someone that is a remarkable 14-year-old, who went through the harrowing ordeal that this young man did," said Campbell County Delegate Kathy Byron, recognizing the courage of Kevin Lunsmann. "I was really honored," said Lunsmann.  "Accepting an award from the delegates is not a normal thing for anybody, so I was really glad.
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Web staff | February 20, 2012
The creator of Roanoke's Mini-Graceland has died. Don Epperly, last interviewed on WDBJ in 1992, passed away this weekend. He was 72. In the 1980s, Epperly made a small-scale replica of Elvis Presley's estate as a gift to his wife. It's been a hit with tourists and locals ever since. Since that time, health issues in the family contributed to it falling into disrepair, but this past August there were attempts to restore Mini-Graceland. His funeral is Wednesday.
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Keith Humphry and Anchor/Reporter | October 28, 2010
WDBJ viewers have expressed frustration over the station pre-empting programming to report impending severe weather. The FCC requires us to report severe weather warnings, including violent thunderstorms, hail and especially tornadoes. WDBJ meteorologist Robin Reed says if the storm has the potential to  take a life or severely damage property, then he automatically goes on the air.    Management believes it's better to err on the side of too much severe weather coverage than wish we'd done more.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | June 6, 2012
"Well, hello friends and neighbors. How do you do. It's Dr. Pepper time. " The Java Brothers were on stage at the Floyd Country Store last Saturday night, but it wasn't hard to imagine a broadcast 70 years earlier in the studios of WDBJ radio.   "It was music in the studio every day and it was usually one set followed by another band, followed by another band," said band member Ralph Berrier, "and you had a bunch of great announcers like Irving Sharp and Hal Grant. "  On this night, Berrier was the announcer.
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May 21, 2010
Email Natasha Natasha Ryan is an anchor and reporter of News-7 at 10 and News-7 at 11.  She joined News-7 in January of 2006. Natasha came to Roanoke from WJAC-TV, where she was the weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. She is a self-styled "military brat" and grew up all over the world, including a two-year stay in the Philippines.  After graduating high school in Mountain Home, Idaho, she attended Penn State University where she earned her degree in Journalism, minoring in Political Science.
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WDBJ Web Staff | May 7, 2011
It was good times and good eats for all Saturday at the Virginia State Championship Chili Cook-off in Roanoke. This was the 32nd annual Virginia State Championship. Proceeds benefit the Greenvale School. The weather was beautiful and thousands turned out to taste dozens of different kinds of chili. The event was held at the Railside Plaza, just off Salem Avenue. Your Hometown Station was a sponsor again this year, with WDBJ anchors and reporters handing out samples of "Your Hometown Station" Chili.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | May 4, 2012
  You may be surprised to hear the hit TV show CSI, which can be seen on WDBJ-TV, has a connection to the Roanoke Valley. Phil Conserva graduated from Roanoke College in 1995 with an English major and a communications concentration. Today, he is the co-producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.  He's been with the show since it debuted in 2000. Conserva will be the college's keynote speaker at Saturday's commencement. WDBJ 7 caught up with Conserva as he returned to campus for the first time in 17 years.  "It's fantastic.  It's emotional.  It's powerful.  As soon I flew over the mountains on the way in this morning with my wife, I felt amazing emotions, a welcoming," said Conserva.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 15, 2013
Your Hometown News Leader scooped up three Emmys at this year's National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Awards ceremony. Assistant News Director Greg Baldwin and Producer Melanie Crabtree represented the station at Saturday's event in Baltimore, Maryland. WDBJ7's 5 p.m. news took home an Emmy for "Best Daytime Newscast. "  Our 11 p.m news was awarded an Emmy for "Best Evening Newscast. " In the category of "Team Coverage," WDBJ7 was awarded an Emmy for its reporting on an Interstate 81 accident.
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Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | June 13, 2013
One Roanoke County woman is talking only to WDBJ7 about what she saw of the I-581 wreck. Leita Boynton was right behind the crash on 581. She told me she didn't know what to do so she just started snapping photos. "I never witnessed anything like that or been that close to anything I got cold chills just thinking about it," said Leita Boynton. Boynton was in the far left lane heading north on I-581 when the crash happened. "You could see flames and not just smoke but flames from that R-L cab and truck trailer was already disintegrated.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | June 13, 2013
A small bell and a simple ceremony carry huge significance for the patients and staff of Blue Ridge Cancer Care. Marking the end of her chemotherapy treatments by reading a verse and ringing the bell was a moment Susan has focused on since she learned she had cancer. "I'm blown away. I'm blown away. I'm so overjoyed," Susan told us. "I'm so happy, and excited. I've been looking forward to doing this from the very beginning," she said. And so were members of her medical team.     Jolee Preston is a nurse practitioner.
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LaRell Reynolds and WDBJ7 Blogger | May 25, 2013
Erik Chopin is a man that people called an inspiration. Eric appeared on the third season of 'The Biggest Loser.' His starting weight was at 407 pounds and he managed to lose 214 pounds. After the cameras stopped rolling and he was out of the eye of expectations, he gained the weight back. He weighs around 350 pounds.   I read his story today and also the comments. One person stated a shocking statistic, 95% of dieters gain their weight back. This is shocking to me. How can a person gain all their weight back?
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Melissa Gaona and WDBJ7 Multimedia Journalist | May 22, 2013
The American Red Cross has 400 Emergency Response Vehicles (ERV) in the country. During Sandy, the entire fleet deployed. Each ERV can distribute up to 300 meals at a time, so usually it's breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The vehicles are packed with supplies such as food, water, cleaning kits, hygiene kits, and comfort kits for both children and adults. Right now, the American Red Cross has 30 ERV's deployed to Oklahoma. If you'd like to donate or volunteer with the American Red Cross, click here .  
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 21, 2013
LIVE CHAT: A look back at the Civil Rights movement in Danville DANVILLE, Va. -- WDBJ7 is holding a live web chat on Tuesday afternoon about the civil rights history in Danville. This year is the 50th anniversary of Bloody Monday in Danville, when demonstrators were beaten by police and jailed. Reverend William Avon Keen, the state president of the SCLC, and WDBJ7's Justin Ward will discuss civil rights history at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. To join or follow the conversation, click in the box above.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 19, 2013
WDBJ7 is tagging along as a team of meteorology professors and students are using the Midwest as their classroom this week. Chris Hurst is with them for the next two days. He and photojournalist Andy May met up with them late Saturday night as they were following a huge storm cell near Nebraska. The team from Virginia Tech is thinking south and east later on Sunday will see the greatest threat around the country for tornadoes and severe weather. And their track record is very precise.
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Chris Hurst and WDBJ7 Anchor/Reporter | May 17, 2013
WDBJ7 is on the road in the Midwest trying to catch up with the Hokie Storm Chasers. WDBJ7 anchor Chris Hurst and photojournalist Andy May started their journey late Thursday night. At 6 p.m. Chris and Andy were outside of Peoria, Illinois, about half way to their destination for Saturday, somewhere around North Platte, Nebraska. That's where a team of meteorology students and professors from Virginia Tech are going to be Saturday. It's part of a two-week trip for them chasing severe weather and seeing first-hand the impact Mother Nature can have on our communities.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | May 17, 2013
Miss the marker out front, and you might confuse the building for just another office on Nashville's Music Row, but step inside the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, and you'll find the studio that gave us many of country music's most historic recordings. Don Cusic is a Professor of Music Business at Belmont University. Counting the floor tiles between the control room and the studio's sweet spot,  he explains it was here that Roger Miller recorded King of the Road, Johnny Cash cut Ring of Fire, and Patsy Cline polished all of her hits with producer Owen Bradley.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | May 16, 2013
A country legend is sharing her plans for the future in an interview you will only see on WDBJ7. Your Hometown News Leader is the only local station to sit down for a one-on-one interview with Dolly Parton.  She talked about her theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennesse and the impact she's having on that community. Dolly has co-owned her park for almost 30 years and in that time she's helped turn her sleepy mountain hometown into a bustling resort community. She doesn't take credit for all the growth, but she is proud to have played a role in it.  She said the success of the community is a team effort.
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