Wayne Covil (Journalist)

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Wayne Covil is the Senior Reporter at WTVR CBS 6, having joined the station on December 1, 1992, to establish the Tri-Cities Bureau in Petersburg.

For 11 and a half years, Wayne held the role of the station’s Tri-Cities Bureau Chief, covering areas including Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie County, and Prince George County.

In the industry, Wayne is known as a Multi-Media Journalist (MMJ), or as he fondly refers to himself, a one-man band. He independently records, writes, and edits all of his stories.

In July 2001, Wayne took on the role of Senior Reporter for the South’s First TV Station. While he continues to cover the Tri-Cities, his coverage has expanded to encompass much of Central Virginia.

In 2019, Wayne initiated his franchise series, “Wayne’s World,” which airs on Wednesday nights at 11 pm.

Dedicated to community involvement, Wayne has served on various boards and commissions since 1992. He was a past member of the Tri-Cities Salvation Army Advisory Board and served as the past secretary for the Colonial Heights Local Emergency Planning Committee. Wayne also previously sat on the Public Information and Education Committee, a sub-committee to the Commonwealth’s Emergency Services Advisory Board.

Wayne contributes as a “Non-Profit Auctioneer” for various charities in the area, including the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Christmas Mother Auction, Tidewater Academy Auction, Richmond Friends of the Homeless Auction, and Crater Hospice Auction.

Wayne earned a BBA in Business Administration from Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., graduating in 1987. He proudly served as a member of the Buies Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

His exceptional contributions to journalism have been acknowledged through awards such as “News Employee of the Month” four times, with the pinnacle being the 1994 News Employee of the Year. In 1994, Wayne received a Virginia Associated Press Award for his year-long reports on the 1993 Tri-Cities Tornado and its aftermath. He has been nominated multiple times for Regional Emmy Awards.

Before joining CBS 6, Wayne spent four and a half years as the Jacksonville Bureau Chief for WNCT-TV 9 in North Carolina, including coverage of Marine Corps. Base Camp Lejeune during Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Prior to that, he served as the Assistant News Director for WJNC-1240am in Jacksonville, NC.

In his leisure time, Wayne’s interests span the spectrum, from serving as the Track Announcer for Virginia Motorsports Park, a premier Drag Racing Facility in the Commonwealth, to enjoying the shooting sports of “Skeet” and “Sporting Clays.”

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