Blue Ridge PBS names Angela Hatcher Executive Producer
(Roanoke, Va.)—Blue Ridge PBS announced April 4 that award-winning television journalist Angela Hatcher will become executive producer, effective April 16.
“Angela will be a tremendous asset to our Emmy Award-winning team,” said James Baum, President and CEO of Blue Ridge PBS. “In addition to her impressive accomplishments, she knows the region quite well. We look forward to her many talents working on behalf of our viewers.”
Hatcher is currently director of communications at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest in Forest, Va. She brings over a decade of TV experience to Blue Ridge PBS including producing, anchoring and reporting. While at WSLS 10 in Roanoke, Hatcher was part of the station’s news team that covered the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, earning Channel 10 the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and an award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for meritorious reporting.
Blue Ridge PBS has long been part of Hatcher’s life. “Growing up in Bedford, I remember watching ‘Sesame Street’ on Blue Ridge PBS, so I truly appreciate the value of public television,” recalled Hatcher. “My experience as a reporter in southwest Virginia will be an advantage in finding and telling our stories.”
Hatcher received additional broadcasting recognition as a contributing reporter for the Edward R. Murrow Award and regional Emmy Award, as well as the D. Tennant Bryan Award for investigative reporting, and several documentary awards from both the West Virginia and Ohio Associated Press.
In 2011, she was presented with a “Woman of Achievement” award from the Bedford Professional Women. Hatcher is magna cum laude graduate of Lynchburg College with a degree in communications studies.
About Blue Ridge PBS
Blue Ridge PBS is the 2010 and 2009 winner of the regional Emmy Awards for community service for “JobQuest.” Founded in 1967, it is the sole public multimedia enterprise serving 4 million individuals in portions of five states. The station’s 26,000 square-mile coverage area includes southwestern Virginia and bordering counties in Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and North Carolina. As the region’s storyteller, Blue Ridge PBS offers outstanding informational, educational and cultural programming, along with an award-winning local production team devoted to regional issues and interests. Further, over 200,000 schoolchildren and their teachers benefit from the station’s education services that provide a safe, trusted environment for innovative on-air and online learning. Blue Ridge PBS is comprised of WBRA-TV in Roanoke, WSBN-TV in Norton, and WMSY-TV in Marion, Va.