Janet Roach


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Three-time Emmy award winning journalist, Janet Roach has been an anchor and reporter with WVEC since 2002. After six years on 13News Daybreak, she moved to 13News at 5:30 p,m. She also anchors 13News at Noon and works as the 13News troubleshooter reporter. Janet has been out front covering big national headlines throughout her television career. In 2009, she covered the history making inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington DC.

As an investigative reporter for WVEC, Janet has warned viewers of numerous scams including work-at-home schemes and gas card fraud. In 2006, Janet won a Virginia Associated Press award for her investigative reports surrounding an employment service accused of charging clients high fees for bogus promises of jobs. Her reporting lead to the closure of one the company's offices in Virginia Beach.

Also in 2006, Janet won the Associated Press Douglas Southall Freeman award for public service in journalism for her series of reports on domestic violence. Janet followed the story of several domestic violence victims to expose legal loopholes in the process of securing protective orders against abusers.

Before coming to Hampton Roads, Janet worked for ABC affiliate, WMAR-TV in Baltimore, Maryland as an anchor and reporter. While there, she led the coverage from the Pentagon after the attacks on 9-11. She also was the only local reporter to cover the 2000 Republican National Convention. Before moving to Baltimore, Janet was a freelance reporter in the nation's capital, at WTTG-TV.

Janet also worked as an anchor and reporter at WITI in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her documentary on domestic violence garnered several local and regional awards, including an Emmy. She was honored by the city of Milwaukee for her continuing coverage on the issue of domestic violence. She was also honored by Waukesha County's Tobacco-Free Coalition for her series exposing teen smoking illegally on high school campuses. Janet began her career as a reporter and anchor at WPDE-TV 15 in Florence, South Carolina. Over the years, she's interviewed big news makers, including, Colin Powell, Bill Cosby, Senator John McCain, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and Desmond Tutu.

Janet is a big believer in looking out for your community. She spends much of her spare time talking to women and children's groups. She volunteers to help the American Cancer Society with breast cancer awareness events and led the "Taking Strides Against Breast Cancer" walk in 2007 in Norfolk.

As a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Janet produced the annual Salute to Excellence awards ceremony in 2006-2008.

Janet is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Public Policy Analysis. As a Tarheel, Janet was inducted into the "Order of the Golden Fleece" which is the highest honorary at the University. She also won the annual Martin Luther King Scholarship given to one student annually for their commitment to the improvement of the quality of life on campus.

Being a mom is Janet's proudest achievement. She has two children, Gabrielle and Trevor. She lives with them and her husband in Newport News.