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.



Environmental & Economic Concerns Linger
4:00 am
Mon November 17, 2014

After The Spill: Coal Ash & The Dan River

Nine months after 39,000 tons of coal ash spilled into the Dan River from a decommissioned power plant in North Carolina the ultimate environmental, economic and legal consequences remain unknown.

The community most immediately and most visibly affected by the spill was Danville in Southside Virginia where residents were shocked to see the river's surface covered with a sickly gray film the morning after the release.

Duke Energy – owner of the power plant – has been able to retrieve 3,000 tons of ash from the Dan and says the rest will dissipate.

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Virginia Public Access Project
8:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

VaNews: Marijuana in DC, but not in the VA State Forensics Lab

The Virginia state forensics lab says it no longer has the resources to process drug evidence in misdemeanor marijuana cases. Also, Northern Virginia residents may soon be able to cross the Potomac and light up a joint without breaking the law if DC voters have their way. 

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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Government & Politics
9:02 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Senator Mark Warner's Image May Be In Jeopardy

Though it's not yet official Democrat Mark Warner appears to have narrowly won re­election to the U­S Senate in a contest that was much closer than anticipated. Even in apparent victory, Warner's national brand may have been tarnished by his election night struggle against Republican Ed Gillespie. 

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Virginia Public Access Project
4:34 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

VaNews: Unregulated Day Care Centers & Heavy Traffic

The Virginia General Assembly is likely to consider new rules for unregulated day care centers next year...and commuters who make the difficult slog through Interstate 66 gridlock in Northern Virginia are using license plates to vent their frustration.

Those stories have been among the most read over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link.

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Issues in VaNews from VPAP
12:37 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Older Drivers, Loss of Farmland

A Virginia family wants the state look more closely at older drivers after a fatal highway accident... and the  issue of loss of farmland in the Commonwealth is at the center of a debate in York County.

Those have been among the most read stories over the past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on

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