Originally from Roanoke, Hunley traveled to just about every other corner of the Commonwealth before hanging his hat in Waynesboro in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park. We around here -- even those of us who transplanted in from other areas of the Old Dominion -- like to think of it as God's Country.
Former editor Lee Wolverton left in December to take a newspaper position in Texas. In April it was announced a replacement had been found with 35-year-old Hunley who has spent a long time in the newspaper business, and who is dad to a four-year-old son.
Interviewed at the time, Hunley noted that he wanted to take a comprehensive look at economic development and quality-of-life issues in the area:
“I really want the newspaper to engage in its community and reflect its community,” he said. “We want to take a look at what’s happening and be the watchdog for the community.”We have much respect for the News Virginian and welcome Mr. Hunley to the Valley.