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augusta free pressAugusta Free Press LLC provides clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia and beyond with marketing and PR solutions including web design, TV/radio, social media and overall marketing campaign design and implementation.

  • Web Design
    Augusta Free Press has designed more than 800 websites for clients in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. We take care of all facets of web design – visual design, layout design and content development. Get your business online for as little as $1,299.

  • Marketing
    Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia. You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

Contact Us

Augusta Free Press LLC
200 S. Wayne Ave. #1193
Waynesboro, Va. 22980
Phone: 540.949.6574
Fax: 866.295.8799
Editor Email: augustafreepress2@gmail.com

 

About AugustaFreePress.com

The Augusta Free Press launched on July 2, 2002. The site serves as a portal into life in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia – in a region encompassing Augusta County, Albemarle County and Nelson County and the cities of Charlottesville, Staunton and Waynesboro, at the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and the Appalachian Trail.

 

Our Team

Chris Graham, President

chris graham ncaaChris 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 was the co-host of Viewpoints, a weekly TV news show on WVPT, a PBS affiliate in Harrisonburg, Va., from 2016-2017.

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 an avid runner and has competed in the New York City Marathon, Richmond Marathon and Charlottesville Marathon. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

 

Crystal Abbe Graham, Vice President

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.

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.

A graduate of Virginia Tech, 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. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta.

Crystal has 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. She received the Dr. and Mrs. C. Lennart Sanquist Prevention Award from Mental Health America of Augusta for her work in suicide prevention in 2017. Her dedication to prevention stems from the loss of her identical twin sister, Christina, who died by suicide and suffered from depression. (Read more.) In addition to suicide prevention and mental health, she also advocates for animals, the arts, 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.

 

Need a new business website? Hire AFP

Augusta Free Press has built more than 800 websites for clients across the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. With a track record of more than a decade in website design, let AFP guide you through the process.

Many web developers will focus what they do for you on the first of the three building blocks of a good website – the design.

The design is important, but you need eyeballs.

AFP websites get eyeballs. We design your site to the latest SEO specifications to ensure that they are Google-friendly, which means people browsing the web will find you, via desktop and mobile, wherever they are.

We will also make sure to tie what you’re doing with your website to your social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

We can also consult with you as to how to best use your website with other marketing efforts – TV, radio, print, email newsletters and more.

 

AFP: Your local marketing specialists

You’ve tried TV, you’ve tried radio, and the newspaper. Some Facebook here, some Google there. None of it seems to work, and it all costs a lot of money.

You want to give up, but can’t afford to. We all need customers and clients, but how do we get them?

Augusta Free Press manages advertising campaigns for small- and medium-sized businesses across Virginia.

You don’t need to hire a full-time marketing coordinator. Bring the experience of the Augusta Free Press team to work for you – for a fraction of the cost.

For as little as $499 a month, AFP will devise a comprehensive marketing strategy for your business and manage it for you from start to finish:

  • creating ad copy
  • designing print ads
  • coordinating video, TV and radio commercial production
  • ad placement services (dealing directly with TV, radio and newspaper account executives)
  • creating content for your website
  • creating and managing your e-mail newsletters
  • managing your Facebook, Twitter and Google campaigns

 

Recent projects

 

Recent testimonials

  • Klines Dairy Bar: Thank you for your marketing support with our company’s special event. It was important that we hand this promotion over to a third party for help. We were so pleased with your content, attention to detail, and expertise in choosing the right mediums and timing. It was spot on! Our company’s 75th Anniversary Cone Day gained attention from all the local news media. Our target audience was reached by consistent social media posts. We served over 5,000 customers on the day of our event. – Kim Arehart, Klines Dairy Bar