Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the vice president of Augusta Free Press LLC, which was founded in 2002. Her areas of focus include web design, graphic design, event planning, fundraising, and marketing strategy.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, she is a member of Gamma Phi Beta and Girl Boss Networking of Augusta County.

Crystal began her professional career at The News Virginian (Waynesboro, Va.) in 1999. She has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design.

Crystal covers news and sports for Augusta Free Press. Her news coverage includes a series on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and national and local politics. She has also covered UVA athletics for Augusta Free Press, as well as Nascar, ACC Football Kickoffs and the 2017 and 2018 ACC Basketball tournaments. She is a regular contributor to the “Street Knowledge” podcast also produced by Augusta Free Press.

She was the co-host of Viewpoints, a weekly TV news show on WVPT, a PBS affiliate in Harrisonburg, Va., from 2016-2017, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show on WVPT that aired from 2004-2005. Her work on Virginia Tonight earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.

Crystal served on the board of directors of the Virginia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and was the area director for AFSP’s Virginia chapter in 2017. Under her leadership, the chapter raised $641,155.43 in campus and community walks. In 2017, the chapter also increased event participation (190 events to 111 previous year), educated more people (10,839 vs 3,711 in previous year) and increased community partners from 38 to 98. The team also secured more than 120 corporate sponsorships during walk season and organized the most successful month of fundraising at Baker’s Crust in the restaurant’s history. In 2017, she received the Dr. and Mrs. C. Lennart Sanquist Prevention Award from Mental Health America of Augusta for her work in suicide prevention including the formation of a Suicide Prevention Roundtable. Graham was certified in 2019 by LivingWorks Education to teach safeTALK, a half-day workshop that teaches participants to be a suicide alert helper. She completed the two-day ASIST intervention training in 2016 also offered by LivingWorks Education and has presented programs to local populations (general public, high school and colleges) including Talk Saves Lives, More than Sad, and It’s Real. She is currently serving on the mental health expert review committee for the Virginia Department of Education working on revisions to the mental-health portions of the SOLs. In 2019, she founded The Ditto Project. Her dedication to prevention stems from the loss of her identical twin sister, Christina, who died by suicide and suffered from depression. In addition to suicide prevention and mental health, she also advocates for animals, the arts, youth and LGBTQ+ rights.

She has also previously served as the associate director of the Wayne Theatre Alliance, marketing director of the Waynesboro Generals collegiate summer baseball team and was a volunteer business ambassador with the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.

She is most proud of her series covering local efforts to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina, a prevention campaign with the Office on Youth titled “Be the Influence” and efforts around Mental Health Month and a Suicide Prevention Roundtable started in 2016 by Graham.


Books by Crystal Graham


Crystal Clear: A collection of columns

By Crystal Abbe Graham
Paperback: 94 pages
Publisher: Augusta Free Press (June 2, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0974875155
ISBN-13: 978-0974875156
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
Paperback List Price: $8.00


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Crystal Graham: At home in Minnesota

- When Virginia basketball made the Final Four, and I found out it was in Minneapolis, I knew I had to convince my husband to take a flight to see the team in action.
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Chris Graham, Crystal Graham talk suicide prevention: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham discuss a new report from the CDC showing a dramatic increase in deaths by suicide in the U.S.
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CDC: Suicide rate up sharply from 1999-2017

- A new report released Thursday by the CDC reveals that the age-adjusted suicide rate increased 33 percent from 1999 to 2017. According to the CDC report, the age-adjusted suicide rate in 1999 was 10.5 per 100,000. In 2017, it had risen to 14.0 per 100,000.
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Chris Graham, Crystal Graham talk Waynesboro politics: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham break down the numbers from Waynesboro's voting in the 2018 midterms, and what the trends mean for the city's political future.
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Chris Graham, Crystal Graham break down 2018 midterms results: Video

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham provide analysis and commentary on the 2018 midterms.

Chris Graham, Crystal Graham talk 2018 midterms: Podcast

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham offer insight and analysis on the 2018 midterms.

Crystal Graham: On ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’

- I'd been hearing for months about a Rachel Hollis and her book "Girl, Wash Your Face." So when my turn came to select the next read for our book club, I knew this was my recommendation.
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Join AFP in supporting suicide prevention in September

- Most people have been touched by someone who struggles with mental health or has died by suicide. Please join me in Remembering Tina (and your friend or loved one) during Suicide Prevention Month (September 2018).
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Wahoowa: Chris Graham, Crystal Graham break down UVA’s run to ACC Tournament Championship

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham report from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn after #1 UVA's 71-63 win over North Carolina to win the 2018 ACC Tournament Championship.
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All set: UNC upsets Duke, will face #1 Virginia in ACC Tournament championship

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham break down North Carolina’s 74-69 win over Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals, and take a quick look at tomorrow’s final between UNC and #1 Virginia.
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Team AFP breaks down #1 UVA win over Clemson at 2018 ACC Tournament

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham break down #1 Virginia's 64-58 win over Clemson in the semifinals of the 2018 ACC Tournament.
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Virginia shakes off fears, blasts Louisville: Analysis, commentary

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham break down #1 Virginia's 75-58 win over Louisville in the 2018 ACC Tournament from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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AFP wraps Day 2 at the 2018 ACC Tournament

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham wrap Comeback Wednesday at the 2018 ACC Tournament.
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AFP recaps Louisville, Boston College wins, looks ahead to night action at ACC Tournament

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham recap the wins by Louisville and Boston College in the afternoon session on Day 2 of the 2018 ACC Tournament from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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Day 2: AFP previews the action at the 2018 ACC Tournament

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham preview Day 2 action at the 2018 ACC Tournament from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
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One day in the books: AFP reviews, previews ACC Tournament

- Chris Graham and Crystal Graham look back at a busy Day 1 of the 2018 ACC Tournament, and looks ahead to a packed Day 2 schedule dripping with NCAA Tournament intrigue.
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ESPN College GameDay crew talks Virginia-Virginia Tech

- The ESPN College GameDay crew – Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg, Jay Bilas and Jay Williams – are in Charlottesville for Saturday’s game between #2 Virginia and Virginia Tech.
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Crystal Graham: How the Goo Goo Dolls changed my life

- I’m not sure I can adequately thank the Goo Goo Dolls for introducing me to AFSP. But I’ll try.

Viewpoints learns more about Staunton economic development program

- Viewpoints learns more about the innovative Staunton Creative Community Fund development program with executive director Christina Cain.

Viewpoints examines Super Bowl TV commercials

- Viewpoints examines the hype around Super Bowl commercials with Dr. Talé Mitchell, a professor in the School of Media Arts and Design at JMU.