About Us

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The colonial parkway runs along the James River in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.
The colonial parkway runs along the James River in colonial Williamsburg, Virginia.

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily (www.wydaily.com) is the only daily newspaper dedicated to Williamsburg and James City and York counties, known nationally as America’s Historic Triangle. A lot happens here every day. We want to report that news and ask for your participation.

Our goal is to report “why” things happen rather than just what; to avoid sensational and polarizing news and opinion; and to start a community conversation on all kinds of topics important to quality folks who live, work and play here. You can hear summaries of our news of the day weekday mornings and afternoons on two local radio stations: 92.3FM The Tide and 107.9FM BACHfm. Our goal is to be accessible and important to you. We want to do everything we can to make www.wydaily.com your home page, and we want to hear from you about how we can make that happen.

We enjoy sharing your community with you – and thanks for every time you drop in to read the latest.


Thomas G. Davis – President, CEO – Local Voice Media (tom@localvoicemedia.com)
Kimberly Lenz, Publisher, VP Digital News – Local Voice Media (kim@localvoicemedia.com)
Nicole Trifone, Managing Editor (nicole@wydaily.com)


And some more folks whose words you read and voices you hear:


Ty Hodges

Ty Hodges covers sports for the Historic Triangle. Originally from Roanoke, he studied communication at Virginia Tech with a minor in political science. He has served as the sports director for Virginia Tech’s campus radio station and worked on multiple sports talk shows on radio in the Roanoke and New River Valley markets. He also worked as an editorial assistant for The Roanoke Times sports department. Ty is a sports fanatic, with his passions being football, basketball, hockey and soccer. He also yearns to try curling at least once in his life. Contact Ty at ty@wydaily.com. Click here to read articles from Ty.


Elizabeth HornsbyElizabeth Hornsby covers the features beat, which includes the Hometown and Neighbors sections, in the Historic Triangle. She was born and raised in Williamsburg, leaving the area for just four years to attend Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degrees in political science and history. She returned to Williamsburg to earn her master’s in education from William & Mary. Elizabeth is a budding gardening enthusiast and a huge Hokie football fan. She is incredibly excited to be back in her hometown, and can be contacted at elizabeth@wydaily.com. Click here to read articles from Elizabeth.


Kirsten PetersenKirsten Petersen covers James City County government and Williamsburg-James City County schools. Before joining WYDaily, she reported local stories in Prince George’s County, Maryland for The Gazette newspaper. A Maryland native, Kirsten graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She has previously reported for Patch.com, produced videos for The Baltimore Sun and written press releases for National Geographic Channel. When she’s not chasing down the latest news in town, Kirsten enjoys drinking tea, singing, exploring new places and volunteering. Contact Kirsten at kirsten@tideradio.com. Click here to read stories by Kirsten.


AmandaThamesAmanda Thames is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where she studied creative writing, English and psychology. She writes obituaries for WYDaily, where we publish obituaries for free, and tells the often extraordinary stories of those who lived in our communities. Amanda appreciates learning more about the community members we have lost, whether they were well-known or just the best neighbor ever. She can be reached at obits@wydaily.com or by phone at 757-565-1079, ext. 222.


NicoleNicole Trifone is managing editor for WYDaily. Nicole grew up in Williamsburg and graduated from Lafayette High School, where she dabbled in journalism as a member of the school newspaper. She graduated with degrees in newspaper journalism and history from Syracuse University. Before coming to WYDaily, Nicole worked for The News Leader in Staunton, The Gazette Newspapers in Maryland, and Patch.com in Oakton. You can contact Nicole at nicole@wydaily.com. Click here to read articles from Nicole.


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