Brenda Adams, who has made a career of helping newspapers reach their fullest potential, has been named publisher for The Southwest Times.
Adams has served as publisher for daily, twice weekly and weekly newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas and Ohio with circulations from 3,700 to 16,000. She has also served as advertising director for daily newspapers in Oklahoma and Iowa.
A multi-award-winning newspaper veteran, Adams comes to Virginia from Oklahoma where she was recently recognized with a statewide award for sales promotion, and inducted into the Quarter Century Club for her service to Oklahoma newspapers.
Adams boasts a resume built on surpassing goals and innovative ideas, as well as a passion for community involvement, both professionally and personally.
Adams has earned more than 60 awards in better newspaper contests in Texas, Ohio, Iowa and Oklahoma, including the top award from the Associated Press for best special section and winning sweepstakes as the top honor from the South Texas Press Association.
“I am excited about the opportunity to work with the talented and dedicated staff at The Southwest Times, and am eager to help ensure the newspaper continues to be the preeminent source for local news and advertising in southwest Virginia,” Adams says. “The rich history of the region, the town and the newspaper are something to celebrate and preserve. I look forward to getting to know the people of Pulaski County and to embracing the quality of life available in the New River Valley.”
Adams’ roots are deep in Virginia, despite being born and raised in Oklahoma. Adams and her husband, Lynn, were married in 1995 in an outdoor ceremony overlooking the Shenandoah Valley near Harrisonburg. She has three children and three grandchildren, and Lynn has two children and two grandchildren, who live in Virginia Beach.