Morning News Host
Joey is from Warsaw, VA, part of the historic “Northern Neck”. He began his broadcasting career in 1984, moving to Blacksburg in 1994 and then to Roanoke. He is an avid News/Sports fan and loves hosting the “Roanoke Valley’s Morning News” each weekday morning from 5-9. Joey and wife Sue have two daughters. Maggie 20 and Montgomery 11. Joey is also involved in motorsports, doing track announcing for NASCAR events at Martinsville Speedway and Richmond Raceway. He also worked at Daytona International Speedway for “Speedweek 2012″, including the Daytona 500.
Evan joined WFIR as a part-time reporter in June 2008 and came aboard full-time in May of 2010. Along with his News Director duties, he anchors afternoon newscasts and reports for the Roanoke Valley’s Morning News. Evan has spent more than 40 years in radio and television news in virtually all possible on-air and managerial roles. Most recently before coming to WFIR, he served as Executive Producer at WDBJ television. Evan grew up in New England, graduating from Emerson College in Boston with a degree in Mass Communications. His wife Erin teaches middle school mathematics, and they have two grown children. When he is not at work, Evan devotes entirely too much time toward planning his next vacation – his travels include visits to 49 states.
Reporter / Anchor
Gene is a long-time radio, print and cable TV journalist in the Roanoke Valley with a background in commercial and public radio going back more than 20 years. He anchors late-morning and mid-afternoon newscasts and prepares reports that run throughout the day. Now on his second tour with WFIR as a news reporter and anchor, he has won several awards for local news coverage over the years, including two selections to the Virginia School Boards Association “Media Honor Roll”. In his spare time, Gene likes to run; he’s also appeared on stage in several plays and paints when inspired. The father of four, and now a granddad, he spent many years in various sectors of the sales and manufacturing world before turning his attention full-time to journalism.
Ian joined WFIR as a part-time employee in October 2014 and began full-time as the overnight reporter almost a year to the day later in October 2015. Ian was promoted to Morning Anchor in December 2016; he oversees, prepares and delivers newscasts from 5:00 to 9:00 each morning on The Roanoke Valley’s Morning News. Ian grew up in Vinton, graduating from William Byrd High School in 2009. He then attended Radford University where he graduated in the spring of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science degree in communication. Ian spends his time away from work watching as much football as he can and playing bass guitar.
Lillian began contributing to WFIR’s newscasts in February 2017 and came on full-time in June 2017 as Morning News Reporter. She earned a journalism degree at Humboldt State University in northern California, where she was an editor for various campus publications. Lillian made her way over to the east coast after interning as a reporter for the U.S. Army at the Pentagon. In addition to broadcast news, she edits obituaries at The Roanoke Times and has freelanced stories centering on the Latino community for Colors VA Magazine. When Lillian isn’t at work, she’s on the Greenway, hiking the Blue Ridge, or trying a new restaurant.