Brent Treash ('01) returned to Emory & Henry as the Assistant Director for Media Relations after spending almost ten years at WCYB in Bristol, Va./Tenn. While working at WCYB television as a photojournalist, Treash explored Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee and Western North Carolina to tell the stories of the people and places that inhabit these locations. In 2006, the Associated Press honored Treash with the award for Best Photography for his piece on the dwindling number of live bugle players at military funerals.
In September of 2010, Treash left WCYB to return to his alma mater. In his daily work, Treash is responsible for all videography related to the college. His responsibilities also carry over to the day-to-day photography of campus events. In addition, he helps market the college to media outlets on the local, regional, and national level. His videography has been honored on multiple occasions by the Public Relations Society of America and the American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia.
The Business Journal of the Tri-Cities named Treash as one of the top 40 professionals under the age of forty in their December 2013 magazine.
"Emory & Henry really is a college that changes lives," said Treash. "I'm a living example of it on two separate occasions now - as a student and now as an employee."
When asked what he enjoys the most about his job, Treash pointed to his ability to work with the students.
In the spring semester of 2014, he will be serving as a member of the faculty in the Mass Communications Department as he teaches the Advanced Video Production class. He is currently the chair of the Staff Affairs Council for the college, and he serves as the adviser to the social fraternity Beta Lambda Zeta.
Outside of Emory & Henry, Treash serves on the board of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion as a member of the music committee. Recently, he was selected to serve as chair of the festival in 2017.
He currently resides in Abingdon, Va. with his wife Katy, a 2002 graduate of Emory & Henry College.
B.A. Mass Communications, Minor in Political Science - Emory & Henry College Class of 2001