Tim Saunders, WDBJ7's Lynchburg Bureau Chief
As WDBJ7's Lynchburg Bureau Chief, Tim Saunders is covering an area he knows well. He's a native of Bedford County, where most of his family has lived for generations.
Tim is a two-time Emmy award winning reporter who joined WDBJ7 in July 2006. He has covered the Lynchburg/Bedford area since 2008 and also follows transportation issues for the station. During his tenure at WDBJ7, Tim has broken several major stories. With help from local sources, he was the first reporter to uncover a search for the missing Lyon Sisters on Taylor's Mountain in September 2014. He was also the first to report on the planned closing of Sweet Briar College; a story which ended up making national headlines. Tim continued to follow the issue for several months, until a mediated court settlement allowed the school to remain open. His continuing coverage of the Sweet Briar saga won an Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in 2016.
While at WDBJ7 Tim has reported live for other CBS affiliates across the country. His video of the 2014 CSX train derailment in Lynchburg has appeared in multiple stories on the CBS network. Tim also appeared on the CBS Evening News to report on a late winter snowstorm in March 2009.
Prior to joining WDBJ7, Tim spent three years at WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, VA, where he worked as a reporter and weekend anchor. Tim's work in Harrisonburg earned several statewide honors, including an award for continuing coverage of a Shenandoah Valley landfill controversy from the Virginia Associated Press, as well as an award for comprehensive coverage of Virginia agriculture from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.
Tim is a product of the Bedford County school system, graduating from Liberty High School in 1998. He's a 2002 graduate of Radford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Media Studies. Tim also holds a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Communication Studies department at Lynchburg College.