Surely you recognize our new features editor, Lindsey Nair. She’s no stranger to The Roanoke Times, having made her rounds in customer service then in the newsroom as an editorial assistant, police reporter, federal courts reporter and, most recently, food writer. Learn more about Lindsey in our Q&A:
Hometown: I grew up in Alleghany County, close to Clifton Forge. I have always had family in Bath County, so I generally consider myself a child of the Alleghany Highlands.
College: Roanoke College
Years in journalism: I celebrated 15 years at The Roanoke Times in June.
About the features department: The features team consists of music writer Tad Dickens, who also writes the blog CutNscratch; arts reporter Mike Allen, who also has the Arts & Extras blog; and calendar editor Rebecca Holland, who also writes The Shoptimist blog and column. As many people know, I was the food writer for 7 years. We are in the process of finding a new food writer who will take over the Front Burner column and the Fridge Magnet blog.
My vision for the Extra section: I’d like to continue to bring readers excellent music, arts and food coverage, as well as all the information they need to know to plan their weekends. I also aim to find refreshing ways to cover special events and holidays, and I want to devote space to telling local stories about local people.
What I like about Roanoke: I never thought I’d stay in Roanoke for so long — I figured my adventures would take me much farther than one hour from my hometown. Now, I’m so proud to be a Roanoker. I love the beautiful landscape and the fact that this city is big enough to offer lots of fun activities but small enough to have a real community feel. Some of my favorite things are the ethnic markets, the burgeoning restaurant scene, and the many wonderful festivals that take place in Roanoke or within easy driving distance of the city.
Favorite books: I am always reading a book — always! It’s hard to choose just a few favorites, but here are some I’ve given 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com that might NOT be extremely well-known: “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant” by Anne Tyler, “Kiss of the Spider Woman” by Manuel Puig, “The Mercy of Thin Air” by Ronlyn Domingue. Two of my favorite series are James Harriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small” books and George R.R. Martin’s “A Storm of Swords” series. My favorite children’s authors are Roald Dahl and Frank L. Baum. And my favorite reference book is “A Food Lover’s Companion” by Sharon Tyler Herbst.
Favorite movies: This can be an embarrassing category. If I’m feeling highbrow, my favorite movie is “Citizen Kane.” If I’m in the mood for a laugh, I can always get one from watching “Dodge Ball.”
Favorite TV shows: Lately, my husband and I have been watching a lot of “Breaking Bad” and “Boardwalk Empire” — on Netflix, so no “Breaking Bad” spoilers, please! I also like “Downton Abbey,” “Mad Men,” and “Modern Family” and have been watching “NCIS” since the very first season, for some unknown reason.
Favorite music: My original favorite music genre was classic rock, but over the past decade or so I’ve been listening to a lot of college rock. Maybe I’m going through some sort of mid-life crisis. I am really excited about the new “Arcade Fire” album. I love that band, and the front man from one of my other favorite bands, James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem), was involved in the project. I like bits and pieces of all other music genres, too.
Interesting fact about me that few know: I once lived on a pig farm in Nebraska.
We’re hiring! Interested in picking up where Lindsey left off and reporting to her as our new food writer? Find out more about the job and apply for it here.