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.


Annoyed residents in a Norfolk neighborhood are calling for a grand jury to investigate a footbridge. And Virginia Commonwealth University is under pressure to increase pay for part-time teachers in its nationally-acclaimed art school.

Some residents of King George County are angry about the quality of their drinking water and they're using social media to make their point and the push to loosen marijuana laws may be winning more converts in the Virginia.

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The Spotsylvania County school board will not require football players to stand during the national anthem and Halifax County residents are hoping to soon have the kind of  internet service that most people already take for granted.

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Portsmouth has created a special police outreach unit as way of dealing with homeless people. And, Staunton is hoping Congress will spare credits for historic buildings as it tries to re-write federal tax law. 

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Voters in Richmond know they will soon have a new City Treasurer, but they have no idea what the treasurer's duties will be once in office. Meanwhile, in Dilwyn the entire town council missed the filing deadline to run for re-election. Those have been among the most read stories over the past week on the Virginia Public Access Project's Va News link at