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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. Joe returned to Roanoke as Senior Reporter in late 1990. Roanoke Valley governments are his primary beat.
In 2009, Joe received the George A. Bowles Jr. Award for Distinguished Performance in Broadcast News from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. In 2010, Joe received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and was nominated for an Emmy for his news series, Headlines in Hard Times.
A fan of old-time and bluegrass music, Joe plays the banjo. Among his favorite productions is an hour-long program on the 60th anniversary of the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax.