Debra C. (Debbie) Meade

President and Publisher

With a career that spans more than two decades at The Roanoke Times, Debbie Meade has a broad functional background in the newspaper business, as well as leadership experience across departments. Before becoming publisher in February 2007, she served as the Times’ advertising director, circulation director, retail advertising manager, human resources director, circulation marketing manager, assistant to the president and publisher, and assistant bureau chief.

A Norfolk native, Meade also spent her childhood in Richmond and the small town of Lebanon, Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

[VA 0401] - The Story of The Roanoke Times (6:02)

Debbie Meade, president & publisher of the Roanoke Times, tells the story of how the newspaper was founded in 1886. The Times was run for many years by the Fishburne family until it was purchased by Landmark Media Enterprises -- a Norfolk, Va., firm -- in 1969.