Fred Echols

WVTF/RADIO IQ News Host, Producer and Reporter

Fred Echols is a long time member of the WVTF/RADIO IQ news department and produces news content as well as public affairs programs. Fred's career in broadcasting began in North Carolina's Triad before switching from commercial radio where he'd held numerous positions including program director to hosting public radio programming at WVTF.


Educators in Norfolk have a plan to introduce economic diversity into pre-school.  And a Northern Virginia town is hoping to use excitement about the Washington Capitals hockey team to give itself an economic boost.

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The City of Martinsville wants to keep information about a failed attempt to build a medical school secret. And Richmond is now allowing people with mobile phones into its courthouse.

For years, the island town of Chincoteague  has been challenged to find fresh drinking water. Now it's gotten even harder.

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A pile of mining waste that's been part of the southwestern Virginia landscape for half a century may finally be on its way out.  And a Richmond hotel that helps nearly a dozen may be breaking federal law.

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Inmates at the Virginia Beach jail can't have visitors now because old technology has failed.  And a new study shows the state will at some point have to reroute the highway that has crosses Natural Bridge.