Velma Scaife


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Not everybody can say the job they have is exactly what they want to do. I can, and for that I’m thankful.

I started working at WVEC in 1986. During that time I have co-anchored 13News at Noon, anchored the area’s first 10 o’clock newscast, and been the Peninsula Bureau Chief.

I enjoy being a reporter. What I like most is that there is something new all the time. During my career I have met and cover some very interesting people. Some of the more famous include: Desmond Tutu, The Dahlia Lama, Rosa Parks, Pearl Bailey and several Presidents. Yet I have learned everyone has a story and some very interesting people are right here in our neighborhoods.

I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications. My first jobs in broadcasting were at WCMS and WNIS radio stations in Hampton Roads.

My start in television was as a weather person at WJHL in Johnson City, Tennessee. Less than a year later the competition hired me to anchor the news at WCYB in Bristol, Virginia.

I was born in Arkansas. But, raised in a military family I grew up living in four states and overseas in Italy and Taiwan. I now consider the Peninsula home. In my free time I enjoy going to auctions, watching reality television shows, attending Broadway plays and soaking in the quaintness of small towns.