Joanna McGrath Heims is hosting Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS-10

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Joanna McGrath Heims is hosting a daytime local talk show

Joanna McGrath Heims is the co-host/producer of Daytime Blue Ridge on WSLS-10. The show focuses on news and trends in the Southwest Virginia region.

In her personal life, Joanna is a proud military wife and mother of two beautiful children. Her husband is Wes Heims, E&H Class of 2006.

Joanna says her lessons from the E&H Mass Communications department have served her well. “When I left college and began my career in TV News I realized quickly that it was not my path, but my diverse Mass Communications education allowed me to work in marketing, advertising and public relations for a few years while life helped me find my way back to my dream job.”

You can reach Joanna at: jheims@wsls.com

 

Here’s a bit of background from Joanna’s online biography:

If you had met Joanna as a child you would not be surprised that she pursued a career in television. She never wasted a chance to be center stage—whether it was in summer classes with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre, or singing with The Roanoke College Children’s Choir (now the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir). Luckily, she was able to turn that love for “showmanship” into a career.

Joanna grew up in the Star City, graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 2006. She then traveled a few hours down Interstate 81 to the place she now calls “her second home” – Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia – where she earned a B.A. in Mass Communications and Sociology in 2010.

In short: she loves people, learning about people and talking to people. 

She is thrilled to find herself back at WSLS-10 where she spent three years as a News Producer right out of college and returned for another two years as the producer for Daytime Blue Ridge. The work is challenging, exciting and never boring – plus, she tells us her co-workers are hands-down the best part of this gig. 


  • Joanna McGrath Heims Class of 2010.
    Joanna McGrath Heims Class of 2010.
“Emory & Henry is my second home.”
Joanna McGrath Heims, E&H Class of 2010

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