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Ananda Rochita

Ananda Rochita joined the WSLS team as a reporter in July 2013. Ananda grew up in San Francisco and first made her way to the east coast on a Division I golf scholarship. She last served as the interim assistant news director/anchor for WHAG News in Hagerstown, Md. While at WHAG, Ananda's story on a family who was not allowed to photograph their newborn in the hospital garnered national attention and was featured on the show, The Drs.

Ananda received her master's from Georgetown University and her bachelor of arts from Mount St. Mary's University where she received the honors of a Distinguished Portfolio of her work in journalism.

Before WHAG, Ananda interned at WBAL TV in Baltimore, Maryland and served as Metro TV's bilingual reporter for "Indonesia Now" in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Ananda's passion for news is driven by people in the community. She is thrilled to be in the area not far from where she got her start in broadcasting and explore the beautiful landscapes of Southwest Virginia.

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  • Roanoke City Police try to deter other crimes with traffic safety checkpoints

    Roanoke City Police try to deter other crimes with traffic safety checkpoints

    Roanoke City Police try to deter other crimes with traffic safety checkpoints

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:02 GMT
    Roanoke City Police are stepping up their presence at areas prone to crime. Roanoke City Police are stepping up their presence at areas prone to crime.
    The primary objection with traffic safety checkpoints are to catch unlicensed, drunk and impaired drivers, but now increased police presence intends to deter other crimes like shoplifting.
    The primary objection with traffic safety checkpoints are to catch unlicensed, drunk and impaired drivers, but now increased police presence intends to deter other crimes like shoplifting.
  • City of Roanoke provides incentives to developers of three new grocery stores

    City of Roanoke provides incentives to developers of three new grocery stores

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:41 GMT
    Two of the large scale grocery stores set to be built in Roanoke city are in enterprise zones, which means the city identified those zones as needing some community support and may qualify for state or local incentives such as tax breaks and grants.
    Two of the large scale grocery stores set to be built in Roanoke city are in enterprise zones, which means the city identified those zones as needing some community support and may qualify for state or local incentives such as tax breaks and grants.
  • SafeSide Tactical offering classes after Franklin Co. boy accidentally shot and killed

    SafeSide Tactical offering classes after Franklin Co. boy accidentally shot and killed

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:41 GMT
    Shane Nichols and his mom, Erin.Shane Nichols and his mom, Erin.
    A gun store in Vinton will offer free safety courses this weekend.
    A gun store in Vinton will offer free safety courses this weekend.
  • Three years later unsolved murder makes significant moves

    Three years later unsolved murder makes significant moves

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:12 GMT
    A mother is continuing to not lose hope for justice to find out who murdered her only child. "I still have memories of the detective coming to the house letting me know what happened," Wanda Drew, Tushawn
    A mother is continuing to not lose hope for justice to find out who murdered her only child. "I still have memories of the detective coming to the house letting me know what happened," Wanda Drew, Tushawn
  • UPDATE: Cathy Bennett sentenced to 18 months in murder for hire

    UPDATE: Cathy Bennett sentenced to 18 months in murder for hire

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:11 GMT
    Former Franklin County school nurse Cathy Bennett will be sentenced today for her role in a murder for hire case. Bennett helped former Franklin County kindergarten teacher Angela Nolen find a hitman
    The judge sentenced Cathy Bennett to five years in prison, then suspended all but 18 months
  • Victims of Sterilization in Virginia Hoping To Get Compensation

    Victims of Sterilization in Virginia Hoping To Get Compensation

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:20 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:20:16 GMT
    Lewis Reynolds served in the United States Marine Corps for 30 years. His photos are keepsakes that he now cherishes dearly but won't be passing on. "I cried sometimes now cause I didn't have a family,"
    Lewis Reynolds served in the United States Marine Corps for 30 years. His photos are keepsakes that he now cherishes dearly but won't be passing on. "I cried sometimes now cause I didn't have a family,"
  • Congressman Goodlatte addressed people's concerns in forum

    Congressman Goodlatte addressed people's concerns in forum

    Congressman Goodlatte addressed people's concerns in forum

    Monday, June 16 2014 5:47 PM EDT2014-06-16 21:47:02 GMT
    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee held a business and healthcare forum with Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
    The Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee held a business and healthcare forum with Congressman Bob Goodlatte.
  • Roanoke County Police taking a closer look at cold cases

    Roanoke County Police taking a closer look at cold cases

    Roanoke County Police taking a closer look at cold cases

    Tuesday, February 25 2014 11:24 AM EST2014-02-25 16:24:10 GMT
    Roanoke County Police Department taking a closer look at all cold cases. Roanoke County Police Department taking a closer look at all cold cases.
    There are boxes filled with stacks of papers and records to the mysteries of how some people in Roanoke County were killed. "They're all human beings," says Adam Thompson, special investigator with Roanoke County police. "They're either missing and or have been killed in some violent way and they deserve to have their case looked at and for us to find the person."Investigator Thompson told us the police department is taking a closer look at all the county's cold cases. Recently, police have l...
    There are boxes filled with stacks of papers and records to the mysteries of how some people in Roanoke County were killed. "They're all human beings," says Adam Thompson, special investigator with Roanoke County police. "They're either missing and or have been killed in some violent way and they deserve to have their case looked at and for us to find the person."Investigator Thompson told us the police department is taking a closer look at all the county's cold cases. Recently, police have l...
  • Progress being made on 611 locomotive in North Carolina

    Progress being made on 611 locomotive in North Carolina

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-07-24 23:33:25 GMT
    611 Locomotive getting renovations done in North Carolina.611 Locomotive getting renovations done in North Carolina.
    The 611 locomotive is now stripped down and being taken apart for a big makeover.
    The 611 locomotive is now stripped down and being taken apart for a big makeover.
  • One of two bodies found at Evington home identified

    One of two bodies found at Evington home identified

    Thursday, July 24 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 17:26:51 GMT
    The Bedford County Sheriff's Office has identified one of the two partially decomposed bodies found at an Evington home.
    The Bedford County Sheriff's Office has identified one of the two partially decomposed bodies found at an Evington home.
  • FloydFest 2013 feedback surveys used to plan 2014 event

    FloydFest 2013 feedback surveys used to plan 2014 event

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-07-23 19:36:10 GMT
    After FloydFest 12 in 2013, people who attended the event were asked for the feedback and this year's organizers used the responses in this year's planning.
    After FloydFest 12 in 2013, people who attended the event were asked for the feedback and this year's organizers used the responses in this year's planning.
  • Lakefest at Smith Mountain Lake will feature several breweries and food trucks

    Lakefest at Smith Mountain Lake will feature several breweries and food trucks

    Lakefest at Smith Mountain Lake will feature several breweries and food trucks

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:04 GMT
    Crews worked diligently to prepare for Lakefest, a craft beer festival going on Saturday, June 27, at Smith Mountain Lake.
    Crews worked diligently to prepare for Lakefest, a craft beer festival going on Saturday, June 27, at Smith Mountain Lake.
  • Congressman Bob Goodlatte joined leaders at luncheon in Roanoke

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte joined leaders at luncheon in Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:04 GMT
    Congressman Bob Goodlatte joined community leaders for a luncheon in RoanokeCongressman Bob Goodlatte joined community leaders for a luncheon in Roanoke
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Congressman Bob Goodlatte joined community leaders for a luncheon in Roanoke Friday.It was held at the Plantation on Sunnybrook.Several dozen people attended and some of them told us it's important for leaders to hold events like these to know what issues the community is facing. During the luncheon, Goodlatte said an issue right now is how our president chooses to executive laws.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Congressman Bob Goodlatte joined community leaders for a luncheon in Roanoke Friday.It was held at the Plantation on Sunnybrook.Several dozen people attended and some of them told us it's important for leaders to hold events like these to know what issues the community is facing. During the luncheon, Goodlatte said an issue right now is how our president chooses to executive laws.
  • Salem Fair brings in millions to the area each year

    Salem Fair brings in millions to the area each year

    Salem Fair brings in millions to the area each year

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:58 GMT
    The Salem Fair brings in millions of dollars each yearThe Salem Fair brings in millions of dollars each year
    This year marks the 27th Salem Fair and officials expect a boost in attendance.The fair makes about a $150,000 profit on average.
    This year marks the 27th Salem Fair and officials expect a boost in attendance.The fair makes about a $150,000 profit on average.
  • Plans for Krispy Kreme on Hershberger Road move forward

    Plans for Krispy Kreme on Hershberger Road move forward

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:49 GMT
    If you're wondering when you'll be able to taste some Krispy Kreme donuts again, you may not have to wait too long.
    If you're wondering when you'll be able to taste some Krispy Kreme donuts again, you may not have to wait too long.
  • Centra takes over Bedford Memorial Hospital and invests millions of dollars

    Centra takes over Bedford Memorial Hospital and invests millions of dollars

    Centra takes over Bedford Memorial Hospital and invests millions of dollars

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:24:49 GMT
    Centra employees training on new systems aver full take over this week. Centra employees training on new systems aver full take over this week.
    There are new signs around Bedford Memorial Hospital. A healthcare system called Centra now has full ownership.
    There are new signs around Bedford Memorial Hospital. A healthcare system called Centra now has full ownership.
  • Murder for hire cases involve someone tipping off police

    Murder for hire cases involve someone tipping off police

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:22 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:22:05 GMT
    In the past several years murder for hire cases like one involving a former Franklin County teacher all involved someone tipping off police about the crime initially.
    In the past several years murder for hire cases like one involving a former Franklin County teacher all involved someone tipping off police about the crime initially.
  • Roanoke City Police taking another look at 1981 cold case

    Roanoke City Police looking into 33-year-old cold case

    Roanoke City Police looking into 33-year-old cold case

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 7:07 PM EDT2014-07-22 23:07:59 GMT
    June West was 22 years old when she was murdered.June West was 22 years old when she was murdered.
    The unsolved murder case of a woman found dead over 30 years ago is getting another look by Roanoke City Police.
    The unsolved murder case of a woman found dead over 30 years ago is getting another look by Roanoke City Police.
  • More construction for new businesses in North Roanoke County

    More construction for new businesses in North Roanoke County

    More construction for new businesses in North Roanoke County

    Friday, July 18 2014 4:41 PM EDT2014-07-18 20:41:02 GMT
    More construction going on in the northern part of Roanoke County.More construction going on in the northern part of Roanoke County.
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - As you drive through North Roanoke County, you may see more construction sites popping up. General Manger of Howard Johnson, Mehulsinh Vashi, says having more options will help his business and guests."People can come and it's an advantage for our guests actually," says Vashi. "They don't have to go far to find the places to eat and all of that."A Waffle House will be serving up food a few feet away from his hotel and within a few miles away there will be a Walmart Nei...
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - As you drive through North Roanoke County, you may see more construction sites popping up. General Manger of Howard Johnson, Mehulsinh Vashi, says having more options will help his business and guests."People can come and it's an advantage for our guests actually," says Vashi. "They don't have to go far to find the places to eat and all of that."A Waffle House will be serving up food a few feet away from his hotel and within a few miles away there will be a Walmart Nei...
  • Subway's Jared visits Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke

    Subway's Jared visits Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke

    Subway's Jared visits Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:36:36 GMT
    Jared Fogle of Subway visits Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke.Jared Fogle of Subway visits Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Jared Fogle known as the Subway guy in commercials spoke to children at the Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke Thursday afternoon.Fogle helped kick off the 2014 Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia. He spoke to kids about his battle with weight as a child and adult. About sixteen years ago, he made a change to eat lowfat Subway sandwiches and since then has followed a healthy diet. He wanted kids to understand the importance of diet and exercise, which is something he tells peop...
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Jared Fogle known as the Subway guy in commercials spoke to children at the Boys and Girls Club in Roanoke Thursday afternoon.Fogle helped kick off the 2014 Subway Commonwealth Games of Virginia. He spoke to kids about his battle with weight as a child and adult. About sixteen years ago, he made a change to eat lowfat Subway sandwiches and since then has followed a healthy diet. He wanted kids to understand the importance of diet and exercise, which is something he tells peop...
  • Meth Labs are a growing problem but cleanup costs are down

    Meth Labs are a growing problem but cleanup costs are down

    Meth Labs are a growing problem but cleanup costs are down

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:16 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:16:10 GMT
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - Meth labs are a problem throughout Southwest Virginia. It costs only a few dollars to make and it's why police say meth won't be going away anytime soon."It's a continuous problem," says Lt. Rob Fridley with Virginia State Police. "It has been since 2009 in our area here in the Roanoke Valley."However Lt. Fridley says even though the numbers of meth lab busts are up the cost to clean it is actually down. It's because of a new program with the Drug Enforcement Administr...
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - Meth labs are a problem throughout Southwest Virginia. It costs only a few dollars to make and it's why police say meth won't be going away anytime soon."It's a continuous problem," says Lt. Rob Fridley with Virginia State Police. "It has been since 2009 in our area here in the Roanoke Valley."However Lt. Fridley says even though the numbers of meth lab busts are up the cost to clean it is actually down. It's because of a new program with the Drug Enforcement Administr...
  • Roanoke woman helps ex-offenders find work

    Roanoke woman helps ex-offenders find work

    Thursday, July 17 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-07-17 21:14:27 GMT
    A Roanoke woman is helping ex-offenders turn their lives around. Kathy Tune opened K &J's Cafe in 2012. Since then, she's hired nearly have a dozen people with criminal backgrounds. Tune, an ex-offender,
    A Roanoke woman is helping ex-offenders turn their lives around. Kathy Tune opened K & J's Cafe in 2012. Since then, she's hired nearly have a dozen people with criminal backgrounds. Tune, an ex-offender, said she knows the employment struggles people convicted of crimes face. Tune is among a group of people who support efforts to "Ban the Box" in Roanoke City. Currently, the city co
  • Construction may start soon for Krispy Kreme in Roanoke

    Construction may start soon for Krispy Kreme in Roanoke

    Construction may start soon for Krispy Kreme in Roanoke

    Thursday, July 17 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-17 20:55:32 GMT
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Construction may soon start for a new Krispy Kreme restaurant in Roanoke. As we've previously reported, a fire closed down one on Melrose Avenue last year.On Wednesday, a demolition permit was issued on the site where the former Appliance Outlet building still stands. Thursday, crews and equipment were on site. City officials told us, it is now up to the developer on when construction will start.
    ROANOKE (WSLS) - Construction may soon start for a new Krispy Kreme restaurant in Roanoke. As we've previously reported, a fire closed down one on Melrose Avenue last year.On Wednesday, a demolition permit was issued on the site where the former Appliance Outlet building still stands. Thursday, crews and equipment were on site. City officials told us, it is now up to the developer on when construction will start.
  • Sen. John Edwards in Roanoke to end veteran homelessness

    Sen. John Edwards in Roanoke to end veteran homelessness

    Sen. John Edwards in Roanoke to end veteran homelessness

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:18:29 GMT
    Senator John Edwards in Roanoke to talk about ending veteran homelessness.Senator John Edwards in Roanoke to talk about ending veteran homelessness.
    State Senator John Edwards spent part of his day talking about ending homelessness among veterans Wednesday morning.
    State Senator John Edwards spent part of his day talking about ending homelessness among veterans Wednesday morning.
  • Southern Virginia ICAC growing with increased use of the internet

    Southern Virginia ICAC growing with increased use of the Internet

    Southern Virginia ICAC growing with increased use of the Internet

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:09 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:09:52 GMT
    Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is growing to help more children who may be in trouble.
    Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force is growing to help more children who may be in trouble.
  • Kegs and Corks working with business to prevent drinking and driving

    Kegs and Corks working with business to prevent drinking and driving

    Kegs and Corks working with business to prevent drinking and driving

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:26:28 GMT
    Kegs and Corks beer and wine festival encouraging safe driving.Kegs and Corks beer and wine festival encouraging safe driving.
    Organizers of the Kegs and Corks beer and wine festival this weekend will be working with a business to help you get home safe.
    Organizers of the Kegs and Corks beer and wine festival this weekend will be working with a business to help you get home safe.
  • Two cases of illnesses reported at Bedford daycare

    Two cases of illnesses reported at Bedford daycare

    Two cases of illnesses reported at Bedford daycare

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-07-15 19:22:03 GMT
    Little Light Learning Center reporting two cases of illness in their daycare.Little Light Learning Center reporting two cases of illness in their daycare.
    Little Light Learning Center in Bedford confirms two cases of either Fifth Disease or Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
    Little Light Learning Center in Bedford confirms two cases of either Fifth Disease or Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease.
  • Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets new truck

    Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets new truck

    Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets new truck

    Monday, July 14 2014 9:10 PM EDT2014-07-15 01:10:19 GMT
    Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets new truck.Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets new truck.
    The Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets a new truck to replace one destroyed in an accident last year.
    The Forest Volunteer Fire Department gets a new truck to replace one destroyed in an accident last year.
  • Bedford Lofts hoping to attract more people through train stop

    Bedford Lofts hoping to attract more people through train stop

    Bedford Lofts hoping to attract more people through train stop

    Monday, July 14 2014 6:10 PM EDT2014-07-14 22:10:32 GMT
    An old tobacco warehouse in downtown Bedford will be the site of 32 modern style apartments.
    An old tobacco warehouse in downtown Bedford will be the site of 32 modern style apartments.
  • Cici's Pizza in Towers Shopping Center closing

    Cici's Pizza in Towers Shopping Center closing

    Cici's Pizza in Towers Shopping Center closing

    Friday, July 11 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-11 17:26:31 GMT
    According to the Towers Shopping Center's Director a new store will take over the space of franchise restaurant Cici's Pizza.
    According to the Towers Shopping Center's Director a new store will take over the space of franchise restaurant Cici's Pizza.
  • More pregnant inmates at Western Virginia Regional Jail

    More pregnant inmates at Western Virginia Regional Jail

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:33:10 GMT
    Western Virginia Regional Jail is seeing more female inmatesWestern Virginia Regional Jail is seeing more female inmates
    Behind the bars at the Western Virginia Regional Jail are hundreds of inmates but recently more of those who are coming in are pregnant.
    Behind the bars at the Western Virginia Regional Jail are hundreds of inmates but recently more of those who are coming in are pregnant.
  • Thousands sterilized in the state for being "unfit" for society

    Thousands sterilized in the state for being "unfit" for society

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-07-08 22:08:10 GMT
    In the early to mid 1900's, the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights were filled with hundreds of children and young adults. They were brought to the hospital deemed "unfit or mentally deficient for society."
    In the early to mid 1900's, the Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights were filled with hundreds of children and young adults. They were brought to the hospital deemed "unfit or mentally deficient for society."
  • River Ridge Mall starts new youth escort program

    River Ridge Mall starts new youth escort program

    River Ridge Mall starts new youth escort program

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 1:41 PM EDT2014-07-08 17:41:07 GMT
    River Ridge Mall starts new youth escort program.River Ridge Mall starts new youth escort program.
    Dropping the kids off at the mall may not be an option at River Ridge anymore. The mall starts a new youth escort program.
    Dropping the kids off at the mall may not be an option at River Ridge anymore. The mall starts a new youth escort program.
  • Remembering U.S. District Court Judge James Turk

    Remembering U.S. District Court Judge James Turk

    Remembering U.S. District Court Judge James Turk

    Monday, July 7 2014 6:33 PM EDT2014-07-07 22:33:25 GMT
    U.S. District Court Judge James Turk was known for his tough decision making in cases for the past several decades.
    U.S. District Court Judge James Turk was known for his tough decision making in cases for the past several decades.
  • Splash Valley Water Park in Roanoke County sees record numbers of visitors

    Splash Valley Water Park in Roanoke County sees record number of visitors

    Splash Valley Water Park in Roanoke County sees record number of visitors

    Friday, July 4 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-04 19:25:35 GMT
    A baby is enjoying the cooler waters at Splash Valley Water Park.A baby is enjoying the cooler waters at Splash Valley Water Park.
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - Splash Valley Water Park in Roanoke County has already seen record attendance so far this season. Right now 24,000 people have visited the water park that surpasses the previous record of 20,000 visitors and it's 10,000 more people than this same time last year.Scott Ramsburg with Roanoke County Parks and Recreation says the good weather and now reduced admissions in the evenings to $5 helped bring in record crowds, but he says the county is still working on getting mo...
    ROANOKE COUNTY (WSLS) - Splash Valley Water Park in Roanoke County has already seen record attendance so far this season. Right now 24,000 people have visited the water park that surpasses the previous record of 20,000 visitors and it's 10,000 more people than this same time last year.Scott Ramsburg with Roanoke County Parks and Recreation says the good weather and now reduced admissions in the evenings to $5 helped bring in record crowds, but he says the county is still working on getting mo...
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