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.

State health officials say the tally of positive COVID-19 cases in Virginia stands at 114, with at least 35 tests pending.

And as more businesses temporarily shut down, affected workers are being encouraged to file unemployment claims.


Southwest Virginia now has its first positive case of COVID-19.  Carilion Clinic in Roanoke reported the case Thursday evening.

The Thomas Jefferson Health District announced three additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the total in that area to four.

Meanwhile, a statewide tally of positive cases hit 94 Thursday.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the southwest part of Virginia, as of Wednesdsay afternoon.  But doctors at Carilion Clinic say it's only a matter of time until that changes.  And the health care system is working to be ready.

Richmond's mayor said Wednesday that four city residents have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  Levar Stoney also praised the responsible actions of residents and businesses to limit exposure and called for federal economic relief "today."