About Us

 
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. Our mission is to restore trust to local news with our journalistic promise of providing only True News.  This means no editorials. No columnists. No letters to the editor. No anonymous sources. No endorsement of political candidates.  We spell peoples’ names correctly and we quote them in context. You can trust our news to give you the most accurate information, and decide for yourself how you feel about the issues.

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.

Sincerely,

Adrienne Berard, Managing Digital Editor – Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily (adrienne@wydaily.com)
Jamie Paige – Vice President, Digital Strategy – Local Voice Media (jamie@localvoicemedia.com)
Thomas G. Davis – President, CEO – Local Voice Media (tom@localvoicemedia.com)


Learn more about the folks whose words you read and voices you hear:

 

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Adrienne Berard (Photo courtesy Jon Mark Nail)

Adrienne Berard is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She most recently served as the Writer-in-Residence at Delta State University in Mississippi. She is the author of two nonfiction books and winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Award for narrative journalism.

Berard began her career as a beat reporter for her hometown paper in Northampton, Mass. Over the past decade, she has worked for national print, digital and television news outlets such as ABC 20/20 and Fox News. Her investigation into the life of an American bounty hunter in Afghanistan is currently in production as a feature film. 
 
She and her husband, Jesse, live on a farm in Norge with an energetic corgi named Clover. 

 

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Lisa Vernon Sparks

Lisa Vernon Sparks is WYDaily’s Assistant Digital Editor and relocated from Providence, RI to join Local Voice Media. 

 
A New York native, Vernon Sparks is a writer, editor, storyteller and a highly resourceful digital communications professional with a career spanning nearly two decades in print, broadcast and online media.  With a multifaceted background that includes journalism, finance and the performing arts, Vernon Sparks has built a diverse portfolio of news and features articles since 1997. She has written for the Providence Journal, in Rhode Island, where she contributed to the paper’s award-winning coverage of the historic floods in 2010; the Star-Ledger, in Newark, NJ where she wrote breaking stories about the New York Jets training facility relocation to Florham Park, NJ and Hurricane Katrina aftermath. She also has written for Gannett’s Home News Tribune, formerly in East Brunswick, NJ. Her work has also appeared in numerous print and online nationally. 
 
In 2007 and 2012, Vernon Sparks received first-and-second place honors from the Rhode Island Press Association Editorial Awards, in the profile, feature news and arts & entertainment categories. Vernon-Sparks was a member of the Providence Journal News Staff which received highest honors from the Society of Professional Journalist’s 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism in the Deadline Reporting category.
 
Vernon Sparks is an alumna of Columbia University and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a dual master’s degree in finance and business administration from the D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University.  She is a former professional ballerina, a dance instructor, and an alumna of the Dance Theater of Harlem in New York.  
 

Sarah Fearing

Sarah Fearing is a tenacious multimedia journalist from the great north. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va.

Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County.

Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups.

In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Sam and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

 

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Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris was born in the great first state of Delaware.  He attended Elon University in North Carolina and graduated with a B.A. in Media Arts and Entertainment in 2011.  As an undergraduate Andrew studied journalism, radio and cinema and was an active participant in several student media organizations. 

Andrew and his family vacationed to the Historic Triangle on three occasions during his childhood and he fell in love with the region. When he was given an opportunity to move to Williamsburg in August of 2016 to become a Multimedia Journalist with the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily he jumped at the chance.  He covers topics including business, politics, history, the environment, human interest and much more. 

In his personal time he enjoys reading, writing, running and watching sports and movies.  Andrew is an avid Philadelphia sports fan, and while he is accustomed to his beloved teams disappointing him, one of the happiest moments of his life was watching his Phillies win the 2008 World Series.

One more thing: Andrew’s friends and family call him Andy, so if you see him out and about feel free to come up and say, “Hi, Andy!”

 

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Steve Roberts

Steve Roberts, Jr is a writer and photographer from the Pine Tree state. Steve was born in Bangor, Maine in the homeland of his Acadian and Scottish ancestors since before the United States had a continental congress. Steve left Maine for the bosom of the confederacy in September 2016.

Crunching numbers, plotting maps, and following politics are Steve’s favorite subjects to write on at the WYDaily.

Steve is a recent graduate of the University of Maine’s department of International Affairs, and has previously been awarded research fellowships for his study on the intersection of history and nationalism in Maine. He studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario as part of a fellowship through Fulbright Canada.

Steve enjoys wrenching on antique Japanese motorcycles, reading contemporary political theory, and dreaming of snow when he’s free.

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Kristine Crane

Kristine Crane is a health reporter for Local Voice. She previously was a staff reporter and contributing writer at the health and wellness section of U.S. News & World Report. She was also a health reporter at the Gainesville Sun, and news editor of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. She won the Sunshine State Reporting Award for health coverage in Florida in 2014, as well as the MORE reporting award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. She was an invited media panelist at the Patient Safety Movement Summit in 2015. She holds a Master’s degree in science reporting from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

 

Joan Quigley
Joan Quigley

Joan Quigley is a business reporter for Local Voice. She is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award. 

 

 

 

Reach our newsroom at 757-565-1079 or WYD@WYDaily.com.  Report storm closings to closings@WYDaily.com.