Luanne Rife, executive director and chief development officer
Luanne has worked in local news for nearly four decades as a reporter, editor, editorial page editor, and commentary editor at newspapers in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Alabama and Tennessee.
She took an early retirement from The Roanoke Times in April 2021, after 16 years there, when she learned continued staff cutbacks meant little ability to do in-depth reporting. Luanne received national fellowships from the Association of Health Care Journalists, The Gerontological Society of America and the University of Southern California’s Center for Health Journalism to support substantial reporting projects.
She has won dozens of journalism awards, including national honors, but is most proud of two from non-journalism organizations. She was named mental health journalist of the year by the Roanoke region’s National Alliance on Mental Health, and is the only journalist honored with the Charles Crowder Jr. Award by the Virginia Rural Health Association.
She cofounded Cardinal News in order to create a sustainable news organization to tell the important stories of Southwest and Southside Virginia. Contact: email@example.com.
Dwayne has more than four decades of experience in Virginia journalism, including 39 years with The Roanoke Times as a reporter, editor and, for seven years, editorial page editor. During that time he twice won the Virginia Press Association’s D. Latham Mims Award for Editorial Leadership, and was inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is the author of “When Hell Froze Over,” a book about Virginia politics, as well as an internationally-produced playwright. He lives in Fincastle. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Megan Schnabel, managing editor
Megan has been a journalist in Southwest Virginia for more than 25 years. She started out writing about economic development, technology and retail business for The Roanoke Times, then became an editor at the newspaper, overseeing coverage of topics including business, local government and criminal justice. She also spent two years as editor of The Blue Ridge Business Journal. She holds a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and lives in Roanoke. Contact: email@example.com
Susan Cameron, Southwest reporter
Susan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee for nearly 40 years. An Alabama native, she graduated from Virginia Intermont College with a degree in communications/psychology and spent 38 years at the Bristol Herald Courier, first as a reporter who covered crime, both Bristol city governments, politics, education, health care and the environment. She then spent 25 years as city editor, handling the coverage of local news. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grace Mamon, Danville reporter
Grace is a Virginia native who grew up in Fredericksburg and studied journalism and English at Washington & Lee University. During her time there, she served as editor-in-chief of the university newspaper and completed internships with The Roanoke Times and the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She’s also been freelancing for Cardinal. In Danville, Grace will be devoting particular attention to the economic rebirth of that city and the surrounding counties. Contact: email@example.com .
Erica Myatt, copy editor
Erica has worked in editing roles in the Roanoke Valley for almost 25 years, with most of that time spent at The Roanoke Times. In her time on the night copy desk, she served over the years as a night editor, overseeing nightly editing and headline-writing for news sections. As community editor at the newspaper, she led a team of journalists who launched and grew three weekly publications and accompanying websites. Erica currently serves by day as a public relations specialist at Virginia Western Community College. She holds a bachelor’s in history, master’s in English writing and certificate in professional leadership from Hollins University. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Markus Schmidt, political reporter
Markus is an award-winning journalist who brings more than 20 years of experience, including two years as an investigative reporter for BILD, the largest national daily publication in his native Germany, and more than four years with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where he mostly covered Virginia politics. Markus comes to Cardinal from Virginia Living, the most read lifestyle magazine in the commonwealth, where he has served as associate editor. He also spent several years in the music business, and he has a knack for Virginia bourbon and vintage jazz records. He lives in Richmond. Contact: email@example.com.
Dean-Paul Stephens, Martinsville-Henry County reporter
Dean is a Jamaica-born reporter who grew up in North Carolina, where he covered communities throughout the state. Most recently he covered race and regional politics for the USA Today network. In Martinsville, he will spotlight an often-overlooked region of the state. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brooke Stephenson, audience engagement editor
Brooke has worked in journalism and digital communications since 2018. She studied public policy and writing at William & Mary, and completed internships and fellowships at Trail Runner Magazine, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and most recently, ProPublica. She has also reported for the Carolina Public Press, and consulted for several clients on digital marketing and promotion. At Cardinal News, Brooke finds creative ways to connect readers with our reporting. Contact: email@example.com.
Who is “Cardinal Staff”?
You will see some bylines that say merely “Cardinal Staff.” That byline appears on items that are generally a compilation of news briefs from other sources where we haven’t done enough original reporting to justify a byline — such as routine announcements.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cardinal News is operated by Cardinal Productions, which incorporated in July 2021 and is in the process of obtaining 501c3 status. Cardinal’s board:
Caroline Glickman, board president
Caroline, a long-time resident of Lynchburg, is a former editor at The (Lynchburg) News & Advance and The Roanoke Times.
Debbie Meade, secretary
Debbie is a former publisher of The Roanoke Times.
Chris Turnbull, treasurer
Chris is a longtime strategic communicator in the region and currently senior director of corporate communications for Carilion Clinic.
We will be expanding this board to include representatives from throughout Southwest and Southside Virginia. Cardinal News also has two advisory committees.
Our community advisory committee:
Dayo Abah, head of the journalism department at Washington and Lee University, Lexington
Earving Blythe, retired vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Virginia Tech
Rick Boucher, former member of Congress, Abingdon
Erin Burcham of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council, Roanoke
Bev Fitzpatrick Jr., retired Transportation Museum director, Roanoke
Tiffany Franks, president, Averett University
Cynthia Gray, retired fundraiser, Roanoke
Bob Goodlatte, former member of Congress, Roanoke
Jeff Haley, president and CEO, American National Bank & Trust, Danville
Tonya Hart, former Roanoke Times chief financial officer, Roanoke
Larry Hincker, former public relations executive, Blacksburg
Frank Kilgore, attorney, St. Paul
Charles Majors, board chairman, American National Bank & Trust, Danville
Jeff Mitchell, attorney, Blacksburg
David Neumeyer, executive director, Virginia Legal Aid Society
Molly O’Dell, retired public health director and poet, Buchanan
J.R. Pugh, retired executive, AREVA
Megan Rhyne, Virginia Coalition for Open Government, Williamsburg
Travis Staton, president and CEO, United Way of Southwest Virginia
Neal Sumerlin, retired professor, University of Lynchburg; former director of Belk Astronomical Observatory
Our journalism advisory committee:
Lawrence Emerson, co-founder, Fauquier Now
Caroline Glickman, former editor, The (Lynchburg) News and Advance, former editor, The Roanoke Times
Beth Macy, author, “Dopesick,” “Factory Man,” “Truevine.”
Rich Martin, former managing editor, The Roanoke Times; former head of journalism department, University of Illinois
Joe Stinnett, former editor, The (Lynchburg) News and Advance, former editor, The Roanoke Times
Carole Tarrant, former editor, The Roanoke Times
Leslie Taylor, former reporter and editor, The Roanoke Times; now College Editor, Roanoke College
Ben R. Williams, former reporter, The Martinsville Bulletin
Kelly Zuber, former news director, WDBJ-TV (Channel 7)