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WVPT Viewpoints

viewpointsHosts Chris Graham and Crystal Graham of Augusta Free Press highlight local news and newsmakers with an emphasis on the Shenandoah Valley on Viewpoints on WVPT.

Show airs Wednesday nights at 7:30 p.m.


Upcoming Viewpoints Topics
  • Jan. 25: Viewpoints takes a look at the operations at Vector Industries, a Waynesboro non-profit that provides employment to more than 100 individuals with mental and physical disabilities.
  • Feb. 1: Viewpoints examines the hype around Super Bowl commercials with Tale Mitchell, a professor in the School of Media Arts and Design at JMU.
  • Feb. 8: Viewpoints learns more about the innovative Staunton Creative Community Fund development program with executive director Christina Cain.



Chris Graham

chrisgrahamChris Graham began his professional career as a news reporter at The News Virginian (Waynesboro, Va.) in 1995. He has worked as a reporter and freelance writer for several local and regional publications, written five books and is the co-host of Viewpoints, a weekly TV news show on WVPT, a PBS affiliate in Harrisonburg, Va.

Chris is the president of Augusta Free Press LLC, which was founded in 2002. His areas of focus include web design, marketing strategy, video and TV production and radio and TV commercial production.

In addition to his work in front of the camera, Chris served as the producer of a TV show featuring members of the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce that aired on WVPT in 2012, and as a writer and producer for Awesome Wrestling Entertainment’s “Night of the Legends” event that is now featured on Netflix.

Chris is a member of the board of director of the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, and has served on the boards of directors of the Wayne Theatre Alliance, CASA for Children, Waynesboro Amateur Athletics and United Way of Greater Augusta. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.


Crystal Graham

0i63Mq0kCrystal Graham began her professional career as the features editor at The News Virginian (Waynesboro, Va.) in 1999. She also served as the editor of The Charlottesville-Albemarle Observer and The Shenandoah Valley Observer before joining in the startup of Augusta Free Press LLC in 2002.

Crystal is the vice president of Augusta Free Press LLC. Her duties at AFP include sales and marketing strategy, website design, graphic design, and book and magazine layout, design and implementation.

Crystal is the co-host of Viewpoints, a weekly TV news show on WVPT, a PBS affiliate in Harrisonburg, Va. Prior to that, she was the co-host of Virginia Tonight on WVPT, which won a national Telly Award in 2005. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech.

Crystal is the board secretary of the Virginia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and travels across the state and across the country working in suicide prevention, helping to raise more than $100,000 for prevention efforts since getting involved in 2015.




Viewpoints explores research into the impact of sports-related concussions on young athletes with Carolyn Moore, a physical therapy professor at Mary Baldwin University.


Staunton Augusta Waynesboro Habitat for Humanity executive director Lance Barton joins Viewpoints to talk about the non-profit’s efforts to boost home ownership in the Greater Augusta region.

Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith joins Viewpoints to talk about his first year in office and his priorities for 2017.


State Del. Steve Landes joins Viewpoints to talk about the upcoming 2017 Virginia General Assembly session.

Father Daniel Robayo, pastor of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Harrisonburg, talks about local efforts to advocate for immigrants’ rights, and the impact of political rhetoric on immigration issues on immigrants in the Valley.


Brian Cannon from OneVirginia2021 joins the show to talk about the push for nonpartisan political redistricting in Virginia.

Navy Captain Mark E. Black was named the 12th Superintendent at Fishburne Military School this summer. Black joins Viewpoints to talk about private school education.


Erik Curren, a member of Staunton City Council, joins Viewpoints to discuss the Augusta County Courthouse referendum, and the next steps in the future of the Downtown Staunton landmark. Curren, an environmental activist, will also break down the impact of the 2016 presidential election on climate issues.

News Virginian reporter Bob Stuart joins Viewpoints to provide analysis on the 2016 elections, with a focus on the impact of the vote on the Augusta County Courthouse referendum, and to help us take a look ahead to the Virginia state races in 2017.


Augusta County Board of Supervisors Chair Carolyn Bragg and North River Supervisor Marshall Pattie join the show to discuss the proposed move of the Augusta County Courthouse to a new location in Verona, the subject of a Nov. 8 voter referendum.

Kai Degner, the Democratic Party nominee for the Sixth District seat in Congress, joins Viewpoints to talk about his challenge to incumbent Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte. Bob Goodlatte was invited to appear, but was unable to attend.


Dr. Bobbi Gentry, political science professor, Bridgewater College, joins Viewpoints to help us preview the final presidential debate of the 2016 election season.

Andrew Phillips, curator, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, joins Viewpoints to compare and contrast the 1916 presidential election in which President Wilson was elected to a second term, and the 2016 presidential election.


Viewpoints talks with Tracy Straight and Sara Howlett with the Wayne Theatre in Waynesboro, which opened this year after a 16-year effort to breathe new life into the historic 90-year-old structure.

Viewpoints explores the growth of the billion-dollar Virginia craft beer industry with Craig Nargi, the owner of StableCraft Brewing, and Sheryl Wagner, the director of tourism in Staunton and the head of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.


Shirley Ramsey, the president of the Virginia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and Rebecca Textor, Program Coordinator, Lock and Talk Virginia, come to Viewpoints to talk about ongoing efforts to prevent suicide in America, including a recent push to increase funding for suicide prevention research.

The American Shakespeare Center in Staunton is marking its 15th birthday this month. We talk with Amy Wratchford, Managing Director for the American Shakespeare Center, and Cortland Robinson, Assistant Director of Economic Development for the City of Staunton.


Viewpoints examines 9/11 from two aspects. Bob Johnson, a local police chaplain, an Daryl Byler, the director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, bring their perspectives to the 15th anniversary of the 2001 attacks.

Mary Baldwin President Pamela Fox and senior vice president Crista Cabe come to Viewpoints to discuss what is behind the name change from Mary Baldwin College to Mary Baldwin University, and the growth at the school that is at the heart of the name change.


Sue Friedman, president and CEO of the Central and Western Virginia chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Dr. Rhonda Zingraff from JMU talk with Viewpoints about the latest in Alzheimer’s research, and ongoing local efforts to raise money and awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s and the resources that are available for those caring for family members with Alzheimer’s.

Jason Perdieu and Angie Engleman from the Salvation Army of Waynesboro talk on our Aug. 17 episode about the creation of Ms. Angie’s Fund, an effort to raise money for the provision of emergency financial assistance to individuals and families in Waynesboro and Augusta County.


Viewpoints tackles the mosquito-borne virus on its Aug. 10 episode with Laura Kornegay, the health director of the Central Shenandoah Health District in Staunton, and district epidemiologist Jonathan Falk.

The guests for the Aug. 3 episode of Viewpoints are the two new members of Waynesboro City Council, Elzena Anderson and Terry Short.