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

Organic chicken farming and industrial chicken production have been polar opposites up until now. But a Virginia man is looking to change that.  And newly released numbers show how some Virginia communities have been inundated by opioids.

Virginia Public Access Project

Virginia students who might not be all that interested in traditional sports now have a chance to represent their high schools in a new kind of competition.  And a storm has taken down much of what remained of a “segregation wall."

Virginia Public Access Project

One of Virginia's oldest family-owned companies is being sold.  And another statue is causing a stir in Charlottesville.

Virginia Public Access Project

A Virginia Indian tribe that's been without a cultural base for three centuries will soon have one.  And a small town on the Eastern Shore is wondering how to deal with a plaque that memorializes both World War One soldiers and segregation. 

Virginia Public Access Project

Many people know there was a slave uprising in Virginia in the early 19th Century. But fewer are aware of how close it came to ending slavery in the state.  And when localities try to regulate billboards, they sometimes find it's not quite as easy as they expected.

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