As many of you know, Amanda Codispoti has left us here at The Roanoke Times to move to Ohio to be closer to her family. I have since taken over The Storefront blog and the Retail Roundup column for the time being.
This is my seventh month at The Roanoke Times. Since I started, I have been covering stories on crime and public safety in the Roanoke Valley. So basically, if any violence breaks out at a store opening, I’ve got the whole thing covered.
I grew up in Tennessee, near Memphis where the barbecue lives, and studied journalism at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. I spent the previous two and half years working in Danville at the Danville Register & Bee before coming to Roanoke in April.
Roanoke is great place and I am enjoying it so far. I honestly haven’t even noticed there wasn’t a Chili’s here.
I am looking forward to covering everything on the retail beat in the region and hearing about all that is going on. There is only one of me, though, and so many readers, so please feel to contact me with any questions or news tips. Let me know what is on your minds. I promise to respond to everyone. But just because you write me in all capital letters does not mean I will respond faster. You can still do that, though. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And follow me on twitter @thollandRT
(And yes, we know that Amanda’s photo is still at the top of the page. We’re working on getting that changed.)
– Tiffany Holland