Left to right: Regan Blaha, Social Square Anchor; Shannon MacNeil, Main News Anchor;
Anderson Small, ESPNU Sports Anchor; Shelby Davis, Main News Anchor; Julia Mellet
ESPNU Sports Anchor.
The fall 2018 anchors for the award-winning “WVU News” television newscast have been chosen. The main “WVU News” anchors for fall 2018 are Shelby Davis of McMechen, West Virginia, and Shannon MacNeil of Akron, Ohio.
The social square anchor is Regan Blaha of Wheeling, West Virginia. The ESPNU/WVU sports reporters are Anderson Small of Fredericksburg, Virginia and Julia Mellett or Morgantown, West Virginia.
View a full list of anchors, reporters and producers here.
The Broadcast Education Association recognized “WVU News” as a national finalist for Best College Newscast at the 2018 Festival of Media Arts competition for the newscast “100 Days in Trump Country.” In 2017, "WVU News" was awarded first place in the Television Newscast category for the newscast “Special Edition Heroin and Opioids: When Addiction Hits Home.” This is the second time “WVU News” has received the top award under the leadership of Teaching Associate Professor Gina Martino Dahlia.
The special edition episode on the rising opioid epidemic in West Virginia was also recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2016 as a Mark of Excellence National Finalist in the Best All-Around Television Newscast category.
In 2016, the AVA Digital Awards presented “WVU News” with a platinum award for the “Go Green” episode, and a gold award for the episode “The Many Dimensions of Diversity.” In spring 2015, “WVU News” won the national Emmy Award for “Best College Newscast” in the country.
The television newscasts are produced by journalism students at the WVU Reed College of Media. “WVU News” reporters cover events on the University campus and in the Morgantown community. Students report, write, shoot and edit television news stories for the program. They also serve as on-air anchors, producers, directors and technical crew during newscast tapings at WVU’s professional television studio.
The program provides students with hands-on experience and access to professional, state-of-the-art digital equipment. Students who enroll in the “WVU News” course are well prepared for careers in television journalism after they graduate.
“WVU News” airs statewide on West Virginia PBS as part of “Campus Connection” and on Time Warner Cable in North Central West Virginia. The production is available on YouTube. You can also follow “WVU News” on Twitter or visit the team’s website.