David McGee covers Bristol, Virginia government, Virginia politics, and some local business. He began his career in journalism writing about auto racing for his local weekly paper while still in high school. McGee enjoys motorsports, writing, photography and documenting motorsports history. He is a published author with five books and has won many awards from the Virginia and Tennessee Press Association.
Robert Sorrell covers the police beat throughout Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. Sorrell has won several awards from the Tennessee Press Association, the Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors, and is also the recipient of the Al Neuhart Free Spirit Award from the Freedom Forum. Sorrell is the author of three books: "Images of America: Roan Mountain," "Images of America: Historic Homes in Northeast Tennessee," and more.
Lurah Spell is an award-winning reporter covering Sullivan County government, education, courts, law enforcement and animal welfare issues. Spell holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from East Tennessee State University. She enjoys the unpredictable and exciting nature of news work. Her proudest accomplishment to date is her part in the Herald Courier’s 2017 “Addicted at Birth” series that won the national Scripps Howard Award for Community Journalism.
Leif Greiss covers Bristol, Tennessee, data-driven stories and investigative pieces for the Bristol Herald Courier. He graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with a degree in Digital and Print Journalism and a minor in Information Sciences and Technology. Prior to joining the Herald Courier in July 2018, he’s written for the Reading Eagle, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, and The Daily Collegian.
Tim Dodson is a digital and general assignment reporter for the Bristol Herald Courier. He’s previously reported for Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Tim graduated in 2019 from the University of Virginia, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Cavalier Daily, UVA’s independent student newspaper.
David Crigger is the Chief Photographer for Bristol Herald Courier in Bristol, Virginia. David has been working for the Herald Courier since August, 2000. He oversees the photo department along with photographing daily news, sports and features.
I am a copy editor and I design pages, including page A1. I believe the public needs to know what is happening in their community and – just as importantly – the world. It is gratifying to be able to be part of a daily product that does just that. There’s something different every day, and I have the opportunity to find a different way to present the news to the public.
David Thometz is a copy editor/page designer. He has won numerous awards for his work in Tennessee and Virginia, and also works extensively as a typographer and letter designer. Thometz serves as our local expert on all things typeface-related.
In addition to her work as a copy editor at the Bristol Herald Courier, Chelsea works as the book review editor for Blackbird, a Richmond-based literary journal, and as a freelance writer for "Heart Beings" and other lifestyle blogs. Her interests include cats, cartoons, and all things Batman (seriously, she will talk your ear off about Batman). She graduated with a BA in English and communication from Virginia Tech. in 2009 and holds an MFA.
Sandra Ross is a copy editor/page designer. She grew up in Bristol, Virginia, and is excited to be working at her hometown paper. She has won numerous awards from the Tennessee Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association for design and headline writing. Sandra graduated from Averett University in Danville, Virginia, in 2004 with a degree in journalism.
Editorial Board members
Members of the Editorial Board include: Publisher Jim Maxwell, Managing Editor Rob Walters, Business Manager Tracey Bryan, and Digital Editor Dalena Mathews
Brian Woodson is the BHC’s sports editor. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1982 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Emory & Henry in 1987 before getting a degree in Mass Communications from ETSU in 1996. Brian has worked in the local news industry for almost 20 years, and returned to the Herald Courier after working as the sports editor at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph from 2005-2019.
I cover all forms of motorsports, plus 10 high schools and Emory & Henry College. I grew up with a passion for reading and have drawn inspiration from thousands of talented authors and journalists through the years. From illness and injuries to teams facing long odds and underfunded racers, I love to find underdogs who endure, battle and often overcome obstacles through relentless determination and humility.
I cover a variety of high schools and small college news and events. I also keep tabs on local athletes currently competing on the college and professional levels and write a weekly column taking a look back at past events on the local sports scene. I enjoy telling stories. Every person has a story.
Joe Tennis covers Abingdon and Washington County for the Bristol Herald Courier while also writing for the Flavor, Agriculture, A&E and Community pages. His "Appalachian Adventures" column appears on Thursdays. His "Tennis Anyone?" column appears on Sundays. Joe is also an author of books, including "Washington County, Virginia: Then & Now" and "Virginia Rail Trails: Crossing the Commonwealth." His latest book is a novel called "SWAMPED!"
Laura J. Mondul
Laura Mondul is a freelance writer, and has been writing for the Bristol Herald Courier since 2009. She writes Folks You Should Know, Kids Making a Difference, and Community pieces. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Equine Studies from Virginia Intermont College. In addition to writing for the Herald Courier, Laura owns and manages a 12-stall horse farm in Bluff City, Tennessee, where she boards and trains horses for clients, as well as teaching riding lessons.
Carolyn R. Wilson is a freelance writer in Glade Spring, Virginia, where she resides on her family farm. She primarily writes for the Washington County News and occasionally for the Bristol Herald Courier. A 1982 graduate of Emory & Henry College, she enjoys writing about the people and places that make the Washington County community a special place to live. In 2015, she won first place from the Virginia Press Association for her business and financial writing.
Dalena Mathews is the Digital Content Coordinator and weekly ‘Pieces of the Past’ columnist for the Bristol Herald Courier. She is a Southwest Virginia native and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.