Tim Saunders, WDBJ7 Anchor.
Tim Saunders is an Emmy award winning journalist who joined WDBJ7 in July 2006. For more than nine years, Tim covered the eastern portion of our viewing area as Lynchburg Bureau Chief. He now co-anchors WDBJ7 at Noon with Kimberly McBroom and serves on the newsroom management team.
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.
Tim's individual work has been honored with two Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. A story titled "Paycheck Politics," exploring how some state politicians take advantage of a quirk in the Virginia Retirement System, was honored with an Emmy for "Outstanding Political Story." Tim's in-depth reporting on the $400 million maintenance backlog on the Blue Ridge Parkway was among the work honored with an Emmy for "Outstanding Reporter: Transportation/Traffic."
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 native of Bedford County, where most of his family has lived for generations. He's a 2002 graduate of Radford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Media Studies. Tim holds a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, where he graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2003. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Communication Studies department at Lynchburg College.