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Should local leaders commit millions to expanding the Middle River Regional Jail?

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AFP editor Chris Graham welcomes Hannah Wittmer and Gabriel Curry from Communities Against Middle River Jail Expansion to examine the controversial multimillion-dollar proposal to add on to the existing regional jail.

Recent Coverage

Community organizations lead effort against Middle River Regional Jail expansion

A recent FOIA request filed by Communities Against Middle River Jail Expansion found that 76 percent of the inmates there on March 1 were being held for drug charges or other nonviolent offenses.
Posted Friday, Mar. 19

Middle River Regional Jail staff working through door access control system failure

A problem with door access controls at Middle River Regional Jail has been the subject of several days of work that is still ongoing.
Posted Tuesday, Feb. 23

One additional COVID-19 positive at Middle River Regional Jail this week

The latest round of COVID-19 testing at Middle River Regional Jail added one more inmate positive test to the total.
Posted Thursday, Jan. 21

‘Street Knowledge’ host Chris Graham

Chris Graham, the editor of The Augusta Free Press, an award-winning journalist and editor, is marking his 26th year in journalism in 2021.

An author of seven books, Chris co-wrote Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championshippublished in 2019, and also co-wrote a book on the history of University of Virginia basketball, Mad About U: Four Decades of Basketball at University Hall, which was published in 2006.

Chris is a sports broadcaster with experience as a play-by-play man and color analyst on ESPN3 and ESPN+ broadcasts of college baseball, college football, collegiate wrestling and women’s water polo.

In the spring of 2021, Chris will serve as the play-by-play voice on radio broadcasts for VMI football, marking his fifth season as a broadcaster for Keydets’ radio broadcasts.

He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

From 2009-2014, Chris was the play-by-play voice of the Waynesboro Generals, a team competing in the Valley Baseball League, a premier college summer baseball league affiliated with Major League Baseball and the NCAA.

The former co-host of ACC Nation, a syndicated radio show that ran for four years, ending in 2007, and regular guest host of WMRA’s Virginia Insight, Chris is currently a contributor to The Mark Moses Show on 95.9-The Fan in Melbourne, Fla.

Chris also served as a member of the creative team and on-air TV commentator for Awesome Wrestling Entertainment on AWE’s Night of the Legends live pay-per-view event in 2011.

Chris wrote a book on that experience, The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, that was published in 2018.

He is also the former co-host of Viewpoints on WVPT, a weekly news affairs TV show that aired from 2016-2017.

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