Award Winning Journalist and Radio Host Cathy Lewis to Keynote TNCC’s Commencement

Published: May 2, 2006

THE VIRGINIA PENINSULA — Award-winning journalist and host of WHRO’s lunch hour talk show HearSay, Cathy Lewis will be the speaker at Thomas Nelson Community College Commencement Ceremony to be held at the Hampton Coliseum on Wednesday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m.

A familiar face and voice in Hampton Roads for more than 20 years, Lewis’ career in journalism brought her to WAVY-TV 10 in 1982 where she anchored the station’s noon newscast and covered the military and healthcare beats that took her to Grenada, Europe, the Philippines and Haiti.

In 1996, she moved to public broadcasting and will celebrate ten years of being the voice of HearSay with Cathy Lewis. This popular lunch hour radio talk show program reaches more than 35,000 listeners each day.  “I heard it on HearSay” has entered the lexicon in Hampton Roads, as the program has consistently been included in Hampton Roads’ “best of” lists.

Lewis is a regular winner of reader polls in PortFolio Weekly and Hampton Roads Magazine.  In fact, she was named one of the “Women We Love” and one of the “100 Best People, Places and Things in Hampton Roads” by a panel of judges from PortFolio Weekly.  She was also named one of the “50 Very Important People in Hampton Roads” by Hampton Roads Magazine.

A television and radio veteran, Lewis is also a popular keynote speaker.  She is a sought-after facilitator and moderator of forums, panels and seminars that bring people together to talk about the important issues that face citizens of the region and the nation.

In addition to her work at WHRO, Lewis serves as executive director of the CIVIC Leadership Institute, a program that brings together leaders from the Peninsula and South Hampton Roads to connect with each other and address challenges facing Southeastern Virginia. More than 300 senior-level leaders have experienced the program so far.

She is married to an Episcopal clergyman and they have one daughter who is both a high school scholar and athlete.  Lewis’ series of television humor essays, The Preacher’s Wife, have been featured regularly on the Hallmark Channel, which is seen in 41 million American homes.

Lewis serves as President of the Board of Trustees of The Williams School; President of the Board of Directors for Kids Voting Virginia (Hampton Roads) and she also serves on several other non-profit organizations throughout the community.

She is a cum laude graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University.
For additional information, please contact the Thomas Nelson Community College Office of Public Relations at 825-3811.


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