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.


Virginia Public Access Project

Local governments across Virginia have been getting tougher on people who don't pay their car tax. And a nationwide shortage of school counselors has not spared Virginia.

Virginia Public Access Project

When Norfolk needed to make room for thousands of evacuees ahead of Hurricane Florence a city regulation threatened to slow down the process.  And when a Commonwealth's Attorney wanted to reduce his own salary he also found the law standing in his way.

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation & Microsoft

Southern Virginia's economy has been devastated by the loss of the tobacco and textile industries that sustained it through much of its history.

Now with the help of a corporate giant, local innovators are trying to remake part of Southside in the image of the digital age.

Virginia Public Access Project

Next year Virginia will mark the 400th anniversaries of the beginnings of English-style legislatures and African slavery in Britain's American colonies.  And a report on slavery's role at the University of Virginia finds grave robbing was once common at black cemeteries.

Virginia Public Access Project

Hemp is now growing again at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate.  And if one coastal Virginia county has to choose between chickens and tourists then it's no contest.