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WTJU News Radio: About Us

The WTJU Virginia News began in in the fall of 1998, when Liza Douglass approached WTJU general manager and program director Chuck Taylor about starting a student-run newscast on the station. WTJU had featured news programs before, but not in the same vein as the Virginia News: a five-minute long daily show focusing on local and statewide issues relevant to Charlottesville, Albemarle County, the University of Virginia and the surrounding area.

During the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 academic years, the Virginia News operated in the cramped station quarters in the basement of Peabody Hall. The staff was very small, but very dedicated; many members often devoted in excess of ten hours per week to the news. The 1999-2000 news director was Katie Rothery.

In the summer of 2000, WTJU moved to brand new studios in the Lambeth Field residence area, just north of Central Grounds. The new complex includes three studios: a production studio, where the news is broadcast every day; the main air studio; and a studio for live music performances.

With the larger studios came a larger news staff. 2000-2001 News Director Vinay Jain (now a graduate student in journalism at Columbia University), Allen Robinson recruited and trained new reporters, announcers, and editors that fall. At the end of the spring 2001 semester, fourteen students were involved with WTJU News---the most in the station's history.

Also new for the 2000-2001 school year was "A Closer Look," a five-minute weekly program taking an in-depth focus on a single issue of interest to the community. ACL was halted in the spring 2002 semester due to limited resources.

From 2006 to 2007, Nikki Melton became the director of the show with a staff of 16. The Virginia News continued coverage of University, Charlottesville, and Central Virginia news.

In 2008, the Virginia News came under the direction of Emma Potter. After a short break, the Virginia News team came back in 2009 with higher numbers. Today, the Virginia News is still under the direction of Emma Potter, and as of January 2010, has added co-director Kristin Twiford to the team. The dedication of students at the University continues to make the Virginia News an opportunity for students to gain hands-on radio, writing, and producing experience.

The Virginia News is a student-led news program that runs every weekday at 5pm.

WTJU, the oldest FM station licensed to Charlottesville, first went on the air in 1957. The call letters stand for "Thomas Jefferson's University." WTJU is owned by the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and is a department with the Office of Public Affairs.

If you're a student at the University of Virginia and would like to join the WTJU News staff, please email us or call 434-243-8832.


WTJU News Staff

Jasmine Bailey
4th year. Writer. Jasmine has been with WTJU since 2009.
Jonquil Bailey
4th Year. English major. Writer and Editor - Jonquil has been involved with WTJU since 2009 and is also involved with the Virginia Atheists and Agnostics, and Sigma Tau Delta.
Pierce Bishop
1st Year. Writer and Announcer - Pierce has been with WTJU since 2010 and is also an Honor Advisor.
Ben Gomez
3rd Year, Pre-Commerce and Economics majors; Sports Update Writer and Announcer; Ben has worked with WTJU since 2009 and is also involved with Phi Sigma Kappa, Cavalier Daily Associate Editor, and Class Film Project.
John Grey
3rd Year, History major- Curry School; Announcer- John has been with WTJU since 2007. John is also involved with Honor, St. Elmo Hall, and Autism Awareness.
Jessica Hassanzadeh
1st Year, Producer. Jessica has been with WTJU since 2010 and is also involved with
Margaret Lipman
3rd Year, Medieval Studies and Middle Eastern Studies minor; Announcer, Writer, and Editor- Margaret has been with WTJU since 2008 and is also involved with Madison House Tutoring, and VOX: Voice of Planned Parenthood.
Janet Luo
3rd Year, Economics and Pyschology majors; Announcer- Janet has been with WTJU since 2009 and is also involved with First Year Players and Madison House.
Erika Maguire
2nd Year, Media Studies and Politics major. Writer and Announcer- Erika has been with WTJU since 2009 and is involved with the Cavalier Daily and is an intern at The Hook.
Matt Miller
3rd Year, Cognitive Science and Music major. Producer - Matt has been with WTJU since 2009 and is also involved with First Year Players, the Uva Drama Department, QSU, DEAFS, and LGBT Resource Center.
Aanya Niaz
3rd Year, Global Development Studies and Foreign Affairs Major. Writer - Aanya has been with WTJU since 2009 and is also an internee at the UVA Women Center, a free lance writer for Pakistan newsletter iWrite, involved the Pakistan Student League, and the Global Development Oraganization.
Patrick Owlett
4th Year, PPL major, Religious Studies minor. Producer - Patrick has been with WTJU since 2008 and is also involved with Phi Sigma Pi, VISAS, and Men's Leadership Project.
Emma Potter
3rd Year. American Studies major and Media Studies minor. Current Director, Writer, Editor, Announcer, and Producer. Emma has been with WTJU since 2007 and is also involved with First Year Players, University Democrats, and works at McGrady's Irish Pub.
Lewis Reining
2nd Year. Announcer, Producer. Lewis has been with WTJU since 2010 and is also involved in Radio Drama Revival, an avid gamer, and a huge fan of public radio.
Chloe Sanders
2nd Year. Producer- Chloe has been with WTJU since 2009 and is also involved with the Film Makers Society, Madison House, and Cinematheque.
Ellie Stanton
2nd Year. History Major. Writer and Producer. Ellie has been with WTJU since 2010 and is also involved with VISAS, V-Magazine and Cavalier Daily.
Kristin Twiford
2nd Year, Writer, Announcer, and Editor - Kristin has been with WTJU since 2009 and is also involved with the University Guide Service, is a Co-Chair of Legislative Affairs Committee of Student Council, and the Young Women Leaders Program.
Emma Ward
1st Year. Writer. Emma has been with WTJU since 2010 and is also involved with Madison House and the Monroe Society.

WTJU is owned and operated by the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia.
The opinions expressed by announcers or guests on WTJU are not necessarily the opinions of WTJU or the University of Virginia.