ROANOKE, Va. -

He's been the face of the sports department at the Roanoke Times for decades: Four of them, in fact.

Assistant Sports Editor Doug Doughty just celebrated 40 years with the Roanoke Times.

Summing up a man who's written thousands of stories into one isn't easy.

He's an eccentric guy who's still as passionate about what he does, even after all this time.

Doug Doughty was on press row at the ACC basketball Championship game between Duke and UVA this past March.

UVA won the game, its first ACC title since 1976, two years into Doughty's time primarily covering the school for the Roanoke Times.

"How many people were even alive, you weren't alive in 1976 when they won it all. Not only was I alive, I was there, I covered it. It kind of brought everything full circle this year," Doughty said.

By all accounts, Doug Doughty is a character.

Who better to attest to that than the people he organizes lunch for every single Friday?

"He's just a great guy, he really is, and to do what he's done for 40 years and to do it as well as he's done it for this long. It's a great thing," said local sports personality Justin Ditmore.

They also say he's quirky.

He follows UVA athletics all around the country, but very rarely flies.

"It's not that I never fly, it's that I almost never fly," Doughty says very wryly.

He's also a self-admitted hoarder. " I have, like, basketball box scores from the 70's," Doughty said.

Thanks to construction inside his office, he went to look for all his files and...

"I have no idea where all my files are, and you know what? I don't really miss them either," he said laughing.

But with all that time he spends in his car, chances are, many of those files are in there.

"This is embarrassing, just look at this car," he said, staring at golf shoes, press guides, old newspapers and fast food receipts in his back seat.

He's obsessed with numbers, famously keeping stats of things from his son's baseball games, to the number of bathroom breaks on road trips.

As much as those habits make Doug Doughty interesting, the husband and father of four has given more to his readers than he probably realizes.

"One of the things I value most is just the people I know, and almost everybody has a story. And I love telling them," Doughty said.

What more could you still want after forty years on the job?

Click here to hear Doughty tell the story of a Salem minor-league baseball player who was killed in an on-field collision.

Click here to hear Doughty tell the story of Freckles the Ferret.

Click here to hear Doughty talk about not taking a sick day in 40 years.