John Carlin


John Carlin co-anchors the 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WSLS 10.

John returned to WSLS in July of 2013 after spending nearly five years in public relations.

Prior to his departure, he served as the lead WSLS 10 anchor from 1987 – 2008. John was a part of the WSLS 10 team that earned the Peabody Award for coverage of the April 16, 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech. During his tenure, the team also won three national Edward R. Murrow Awards. John is the recipient of five Emmy awards for reporting, as well as numerous awards from RTNDA, VAB and Associated Press. In 2015 he received the Best News Anchor of the Year award from the Associated Press of the Virginias, and the George Bowles award from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters for distinguished service in broadcasting.

John’s broadcasting career includes stops at WPTZ in Plattsburgh/Burlington, WDTV in Clarksburg, West Virginia, and WTVR in Richmond. As part of a news sharing agreement with WFXR (FOX), John co-anchored the 10 p.m. news in Roanoke for more than a decade. He taught broadcast writing as adjunct faculty at Virginia Tech from 1996 – 2007.

John is a graduate of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh with a degree in mass communication.

A dedicated community servant, John is the current board chair of the YMCA of Roanoke Valley corporate board of directors, immediate past president of the board of Saint Francis Service Dogs and a member of the board for Junior Achievement of Southwestern Virginia. He is a co-founder and board member for the Blue Ridge Marathon and a past board member of the Virginia chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. John has been a member of Rotary International for more than 20 years. In March he was named to the board of directors for the Associated Press Broadcasters of the Virginias.

In his spare time, John is an avid cyclist, photographer and fisherman. He lives in Roanoke, where he and his wife Mary are empty nesters, having raised three sons, Jonathan, Benjamin and Tyler.