David Seidel

News Director

David Seidel is proud to lead the journalists at Radio IQ and WVTF as news director.  David joined the newsroom in May 2017 and brings more than 20 years of experience in broadcast journalism in Virginia.  Prior to joining Radio IQ David was an assistant news director, assignment manager and producer at WDBJ Television in Roanoke.  He also worked as a reporter for WHSV Television in Harrisonburg.  David graduated from Washington and Lee University in Lexington with degrees in journalism and history.

David and his family love to call the Roanoke Valley their home.

COVID-19 cases in the Richmond area have been trending higher over the past few weeks.

And the city’s health director says it’s time for all of us to renew our personal responsibility, no matter how tired we are of COVID-19 precautions.


COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have remained high in the Roanoke region.  New River Valley cases have largely remained lower, though Radford has seen a bump.


Health officials say COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are rising in the Richmond area.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Melissa Viray, deputy director of the Richmond City Health Department, said the increase is being driven partly by outbreaks at long term care facilities, but also by exposures at weddings, restaurants and workplaces.


The number of people hospitalized in the Roanoke area for COVID-19 related complications is higher now than at any point since the pandemic began.

After more than a month of declining COVID-19 cases, Richmond’s numbers have been trending up over the last few days.

Doctor Danny Avula said some of the increase can be attributed to a significant outbreak of more than 30 cases at an assisted living facility.