Tim Saunders, WDBJ7 Anchor/Reporter
Tim Saunders is an Emmy-award winning journalist who has worked in television news for more than 20 years. He joined the team at WDBJ7 in 2006.
During his time at WDBJ7, Tim has been honored with opportunities ranging from one-on-one interviews with two United States Presidents, to flying in an F/A 18 Hornet with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. For more than 10 years he served as WDBJ7’s Lynchburg Bureau Chief, where he covered major stories including a 2014 train derailment in downtown Lynchburg, the 2012 “derecho” windstorm that caused more than $5-million worth of damage in Lynchburg, and a year-long saga surrounding Sweet Briar College in Amherst. His continuing coverage of the school’s planned closure and a successful effort by Sweet Briar alumnae to keep the college open was honored with an Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association in 2016.
Tim's individual work has been honored with two regional 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. He started his broadcasting career in 1998 as a video editor for Roanoke’s NBC affiliate.
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.
In addition to his work at WDBJ7, Tim is proud to teach future journalists and media professionals as an adjunct professor in the Communication Studies department at the University of Lynchburg.