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The newspaper executive who grew up in Martinsville will also oversee five other Virginia dailies.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
Terry Jamerson still remembers getting up early in the morning, heart in throat, to see where in Timesland The Roanoke Times ranked her dad’s Martinsville Bulldogs basketball team.
And, in 18 years as publisher of The News & Advance of Lynchburg, she has gotten used to the phone calls from her dad checking to be sure her paper had the story he’d just read in The Times.
“He reads it cover to cover,” she said Thursday, after introducing herself as the new publisher of The Roanoke Times. “So does my mom.”
Jamerson takes over as publisher with the retirement of Debbie Meade and the purchase of the paper by Berkshire Hathaway Inc. And like Meade, she’s planning on playing a large role in the community.
“I really believe you need to be engaged in the community, the newspaper needs to be part of the fabric of the community,” Jamerson said. “That means the leadership team needs to be involved.”
She has been in Lynchburg.
Her service includes stints on the boards of the Greater Lynchburg Community Trust, the United Way of Central Virginia, the Greater Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce, Lynchburg College, Centra Health, Lynchburg Arts Council and Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.
“Terry’s got it all,” said Kenneth White, chairman of the Centra board. “She’s got the people skills, the ability to get along with everyone. She’s very intelligent. She’s very decisive.”
Terry Kroeger , chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway’s newspaper operations, said Jamerson will be the person deciding how things run at The Roanoke Times — and added: “ She’s no pushover.”
While in Lynchburg, Jamerson also oversaw five other Berkshire Hathaway dailies in Virginia. She will continue that role in Roanoke.
A 1979 graduate of Mary Baldwin College , Jamerson started her career selling advertising at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, working her way up to take charge of the paper’s advertising department.
From there, she went on to serve as publisher of the Smyth County News & Messenger in Marion, and then as publisher of The News Messenger in Christiansburg, associate publisher of The Daily Progress and publisher of The Eagle in Bryan-College Station, Texas . She became publisher in Lynchburg in 1995. She and her husband, Phillip, have three grown children.
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