Behind the headlines, examining the history and future of The Roanoke Tribune

Newspaper has served the community for more than 80 years.

Examining the history and future of The Roanoke Tribune
Examining the history and future of The Roanoke Tribune

ROANOKE, Va. – Any given week on Wednesday afternoon, The Roanoke Tribune is serving the city’s Black community, rolling off the presses.

But the journey from the newsroom – to the presses – and eventually to the public, certainly follows the road less traveled.

And an old road at that.

While Rev. Fleming Alexander started the newspaper in 1939 and since 1971, his daughter, Claudia Whitworth, has been the one behind the headlines.

“When I graduated from Christiansburg Institute, I came down to help daddy which he didn’t ask for, didn’t want. But I was determined to do so,” Whitworth said.

Beginning on Monday mornings, she edits copy, writes the editorial, and, like glue, holds the paper together, at its Melrose Avenue headquarters.

Roanoke Tribune building on Melrose Avenue in Roanoke, Virginia. (WSLS 10)

All these years and she hasn’t let up.


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