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. During that time he has broken several major stories for WDBJ7. 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.
During his time 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.
Some of Tim's favorite work falls on the lighter side of news. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with celebrities and news makers including Dolly Parton, Patrick Dempsey, and Connie Britton. He enjoys profiling people who don't often make it on the news. Some of his favorite interview subjects include an 86-year-old nursing home employee, a disabled teenager who builds adaptive bicycles for other children with disabilities, and a six-year-old cancer patient who captured international attention for his love of Christmas.
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.