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Tim Saunders

Published On: May 14 2013 01:23:57 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 25 2016 06:40:40 PM EDT

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WDBJ7 Bedford-Lynchburg Newsroom Bureau Chief Tim Saunders

As WDBJ7's Lynchburg Bureau Chief, Tim Saunders is covering an area he knows well.  He's a native of Bedford County, where most of his family has lived for generations.

Tim joined WDBJ7 in July 2006 and has covered the Lynchburg/Bedford area since 2008.  He also covers transportation issues for the station.  During his time at WDBJ7, Tim has broken several major stories in our region.  With help from local sources, he was the first reporter to uncover a search for the missing Lyon Sisters on Taylor's Mountain in September 2014.  He was also the first to report on the planned closing of Sweet Briar College; a story which ended up making national headlines.  Tim continued to follow the issue for several months, until a mediated court settlement allowed the school to remain open.

While at WDBJ7 Tim has reported live for other CBS affiliates across the country.  His video of the 2014 CSX train derailment in Lynchburg has appeared in multiple stories on the CBS network.  Tim also appeared on the CBS Evening News to report on a late winter snowstorm in March 2009.

Prior to joining WDBJ7, Tim spent three years at WHSV-TV in Harrisonburg, VA, where he worked as a reporter and weekend anchor. Tim's work in Harrisonburg earned several statewide honors, including an award for continuing coverage of a Shenandoah Valley landfill controversy from the Virginia Associated Press, as well as an award for comprehensive coverage of Virginia agriculture from the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation.

Tim is a product of the Bedford County school system, graduating from Liberty High School in 1998. He's a 2002 graduate of Radford University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Media Studies. Tim also holds a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University.  He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the Communication Studies department at Lynchburg College.