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.


An elementary school principal in Rockbridge County has apologized for a survey given to students without parental permission, and local governments in Virginia are still trying to find ways to shut down internet gaming parlors.

Stafford County supervisors were left puzzled when apparent opposition to a plan for a new veterans' medical clinic seemed to evaporate overnight. And Amherst County Republicans were barred their usual meeting place in the basement of the Sheriff's office over a controversial speaker.

  Some recent artwork by students in Craig County is literally hitting the road this winter and some parents in Fairfax County found an elementary school history lesson to be a little too realistic.

Two Virginia counties are currently trying to resolve questions about state law.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber)

A lawsuit that could clear the way for a uranium mine to open in Southside Virginia will likely be argued early next year in Wise County.