Lynchburg, VA - In a staff meeting Tuesday, WSET General Manager Randy Smith announced to ABC 13 employees that WSET News Director Bill Foy will be leaving the station for a new job at Virginia Tech at the end of July.
Foy has accepted a position as Director of Communications in the Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs.
While ABC 13 congratulates Foy on his new venture, both staff and management at WSET say he will be missed greatly.
"Bill is the consummate professional. He and I have worked together since 1992 and he is one of the most experienced and highly regarded news professionals in the Commonwealth, if not the industry. Bill is one of a very small group of people in whom I have blind trust. I will miss him tremendously," Smith said of Foy.
Len Stevens, a primary evening anchor at WSET, will be the station's interim news director until further notice.
We all wish Bill the very best as he moves on to his newest venture.
The complete press release from WSET Station Manager Randy Smith follows below.
"WSET ABC 13 News Release
For Immediate Release
June 25, 2013
Lynchburg, VA - A number of operational changes have been announced at WSET, the ABC affiliate in the Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia television market.
News Director Bill Foy has announced plans to accept a position as Director of Communications in the Virginia Tech Division of Student Affairs. Foy, a Virginia Tech graduate, has been news director at WSET since 2007. During his time at the station, the newsroom has been honored with numerous awards, including Virginia's Best News Operation by a Television Station (Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters) and Virginia's Best Newscast (Virginia Association of Broadcasters). President & General Manager Randy Smith said of Foy: "Bill is the consummate professional. He and I have worked together since 1992 and he is one of the most experienced and highly regarded news professionals in the Commonwealth, if not the industry. Bill is one of a very small group of people in whom I have blind trust. I will miss him tremendously."
Long time WSET news anchor Len Stevens has been appointed interim news director and will assume this new leadership position in early July. Stevens is a veteran broadcaster, having worked on-air and in management positions at stations in Milwaukee, Washington, North Carolina and Winston-Salem prior to joining WSET in 2002. His role at WSET has evolved beyond the anchor desk to include management responsibilities over the last five years.
In his new position, Stevens will relinquish some of his newscast anchoring assignments. WSET's Danner Evans, currently the anchor of the 5:00 and 5:30pm newscasts, will add the 11:00 p.m. newscast to her duties and responsibilities. Danner first arrived at WSET in 2004 and immediately became a highly regarded member of our team. She left in 2008 to accept the main anchor position at WMBF, the NBC Affiliate in Myrtle Beach. She returned to WSET in 2011.
"I can't imagine a situation where the news department could be in better hands," Foy said. "Len has so much respect staff-wide and so much passion for the business of broadcast journalism. Danner brings vitality and energy to our late newscast. It's unlikely we'll miss a beat."
"I'm thrilled with the opportunity to return to Virginia Tech. In many ways, it seems my career has come full circle. Without a doubt, the toughest part is leaving so many friends and colleagues at WSET."