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The WSLS-TV (Channel 10) reporter will serve as a spokesman for the department.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Scott Leamon is switching his job from covering the police to working for the police.
Leamon, a reporter for WSLS (Channel 10), said he will leave the Roanoke station on Aug. 9 to become a spokesman for the Roanoke Police Department. His first day at his new job is Aug. 12, he said.
Capt. Monti Lee said the police department could not confirm that a new spokesman has been hired.
Leamon will succeed Aisha Johnson, another former WSLS reporter, who last month took a job in the Roanoke city manager’s office. Lee has served as interim spokesman since Johnson left.
In his new role, Leamon said that he will be the primary media contact for the police, will write news releases and will occasionally speak to community groups about the department’s work.
He said the career switch will allow him to have a more regular work schedule and more time to spend with his wife and two young sons.
“You spend a lot of hours covering the news, so I got to a lot of tee ball games in time for the last inning,” Leamon said Monday. “This new job allots more time for the family, but there is a lot of work involved, too. I’m ready to work.”
A native of Athens, Tenn., Leamon joined Channel 10 as a morning anchor in 2003, then became the station’s New River Valley reporter. He returned to Roanoke in 2006.
“The bureau job in Blacksburg really turned my career around,” he said. “I love working for Channel 10. I think we have put out a very good product.”
Leamon covered law enforcement and the courts for Channel 10, but his WSLS bosses will forbid him from covering Roanoke police during the rest of his time on-air, he said.
“Scott is a tremendous asset to the WSLS reporting team and has done countless stories, many of them investigative, which have effected positive change in our viewing area,” WSLS news director Melissa Stacy wrote in an email. “We wish him and his family well.”
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