Robin Reed Biography
Robin Reed is Chief Meteorologist at WDBJ-DT in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1979, Reed began his television career with WHSV in Harrisonburg, Virginia, working as Sports Director and weathercaster.
He joined WDBJ in March 1982 and has been Chief Meteorologist ever since. Reed presents the weather forecasts for NEWS7 on the 5, 6, and 11 o’clock newscasts. Reed has been awarded the “Seal of Approval” by the American Meteorological Society and is an AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), has been the sixth meteorologist in the country to earn this distinction.
Reed’s coverage of the Flood of 1985 has been featured in the DVD, The Flood of ’85 / Flood of Memories Reed is a member of the advisory council of the School of Media Arts and Design at James Madison University. In 2010, he co-hosted the 51st Emmy Awards for the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter. In 2012, Reed celebrated 30 years at WDBJ.
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Reed graduated from James Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia in 1974, and James Madison University in 1978. After high school, he initially pursued a career in baseball, having a private workout with the Texas Rangers in 1974, but opted to go to college instead. He holds two bachelor’s degrees, one in Communications from JMU and a combined degree in Meteorology from Penn State, Ball State, Mississippi State, Portland State, Lyndon State, and the USDA Graduate School.
Reed is considered to be one of the “most sought-after speakers” in Southwest Virginia and an advocate of math and science education. He has been referred to as, “the Willard Scott of the Roanoke area.”
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WDBJ7’s Robin Reed takes on a dual role at Virginia Tech and WDBJ7
ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) Legendary WDBJ7 Anchor Robin Reed is joining Virginia Tech’s Department of Communication beginning in the Fall Semester while remaining as WDBJ7’s 6 PM anchor, it was announced today. He will teach several courses at the school including Multimedia Journalism, Broadcast Performance and Broadcast Management.
“This new dual role for Robin is a win-win,” said WDBJ7 News Director David Hughes, “Students will have the opportunity to learn from one of the most respected journalists in our area while viewers will be able to continue to enjoy getting their news from Robin each night at 6 pm.”
Robin Reed is in his 36th year at WDBJ7. He began as a weather reporter in 1982, working his way up to chief meteorologist and eventually anchor of the area’s most-watched newscast, WDBJ7 at 6 pm. “This is the perfect pairing of broadcast experience and college instruction. I can’t wait to share this exciting profession with the students and still report the news” said Reed. “WDBJ7 and Virginia Tech understand the need to have students ready for the media landscape of the future”
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Television anchor Robin Reed to join Virginia Tech’s communication department
Reed, an anchor at WDBJ in Roanoke, will join Virginia Tech’s Department of Communication as a professor of practice. Beginning in the fall 2018 semester, he will teach several courses — including multimedia journalism, broadcast performance, and broadcast management — while remaining WDBJ’s 6 p.m. anchor.
“We are excited to have Robin Reed join the department and the expanding multimedia journalism program,” said Robert Denton, head of the Department of Communication. “His experience and expertise will greatly enhance the education of the next generation of journalists. In addition to serving as a mentor to students, Robin will be a valuable resource in internship and job placement for multimedia journalism majors.”
Reed, who holds a communication degree from James Madison University, is in his 36th year at WDBJ. He began as a weather reporter in 1982, working his way up to chief meteorologist and eventually anchor of the area’s most-watched newscast, WDBJ at 6 p.m.
For the past several years Reed has also taught meteorology courses in the Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment and communication courses in the Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
“This is the perfect pairing of broadcast experience and college instruction,” said Reed. “I can’t wait to share this exciting profession with the students and still report the news. WDBJ7 and Virginia Tech understand the need to have students ready for the media landscape of the future.”
WDBJ, a CBS affiliate owned by Gray Television, serves the Roanoke/Lynchburg television market in Virginia.
“This new dual role for Robin is a win-win,” said David Hughes, news director of WDBJ. “Students will have the opportunity to learn from one of the most respected journalists in our area while viewers will be able to continue to enjoy getting their news from Robin each night at 6 p.m.”
More than 6,000 Virginia Tech graduates hold degrees from the university’s award-winning Department of Communication, which offers majors in multimedia journalism, public relations, and communication studies. Reed will be the second professor of practice in the multimedia journalism program; legendary sportscaster Bill Roth joined the department in the fall of 2016.
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