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Local Members of the Media Honored

At Delegate Roslyn Tyler's annual banquet, several members of the media in the 75th district were honored for exillence in the field of Mass Communications.  Assisting Delegate Tyler with the awards was Tara Ellis of the Virginia Communications Association. 

Ted Wesley Andrews

Ted was born February 10, 1964 to Alburtha Andrews and Robert Jones of Emporia, Virginia.  Ted was raised by his grandmother Magalene Andrews of Purdy, Virginia.  Ted has been taking pictures for 18 years since 1996.  Ted is married to Rebecca Cain Andrews and they have 5 children Christopher, Markos, Andre’, Laticia and Makayla and one granddaughter, Ezra. 

Ted can always remember having his family and his in-laws around and taking different pictures of them.  When Ted was 19 years old his brother bought him a 35 mm Bell and Howard camera and he has been taking pictures since.  With this camera Ted took many pictures at different family functions and enjoyed it.  And I can remember before we were married my niece and his niece were and still are best friends ~ they invited me to their family reunion.  Ted wanted to take pictures of me and I said no I don’t like taking pictures, but of course he still took them, not knowing we will be married today.  Knowing Ted was preserving a moment in time @ that time. 

Today Ted is still preserving a moment in time ~ because he is now a Licensed Photographer.  He enjoy taking pictures of his children, weddings, family reunions, family gathers, church functions and other auxillaries in the community, everything else and especially his loving wife. 

Ted is happy to have found passion in this craft known as photography.

Theresa Wray-Welsh

Teresa Wray-Welsh is the daughter of Robert Wray and the late Edla Mae Hobbs Wray of Greensville County. She became a reporter on Feb. 22, 1999 and found her niche.

Teresa found out the hard way what it was like to be a reporter. By the end of her first week at the Independent Messenger, staff had decreased from three reporters to just her. It was quite a learning experience for someone with only a high school education.

For the biggest part of her more than 15 years at the paper, Teresa has been the only reporter at the twice-weekly newspaper. While others have come and gone, she has remained.

She has also been published in several magazines, including a story about Emporia and Greensville County in Mecklenburg Electric's Cooperative Living.

She covers everything from schools to board meetings to local events to breaking crime and politics.

Teresa has one daughter, Wendy, and one granddaughter, Kelly. She also has one brother, Roger, who has been a volunteer of the Greensville County Rescue Squad for more than 40 years.

Sylvia M. Allen

Sylvia M. Allen, Dolphin, Virginia - Editor of the Brunswick Times-Gazette, Lawrenceville, Va., sister papers are the Independent-Messenger, South Hill Enterprise, Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer and Warren Record. She joined Womack Publishing Company in July 1997 to cover Brunswick County news for the South Hill Enterprise. When the company bought the Brunswick Times-Gazette she was named Editor, still covering Brunswick County news.

Sylvia covers local government: Brunswick County Board of Supervisors, Lawrenceville Town Council, Alberta Town Council, Brunswick County Industrial Development Authority; and the Brunswick County School Board.

Other affiliations include: Board of Director of the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, member of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club, member of the Taste of Brunswick Festival Planning Committee, Past Co-Chair of Brunswick County Relay for Life, teacher of ladies’ Sunday School class at Calvary Baptist Church, Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church, supporter of ArtBank of Southside Virginia, member of the Brunswick Garden Club and Board of Directors for the Brunswick-Mayfield Recreation Center.

Sylvia received the Rotarian of the Year Award from the Lawrenceville Rotary Club in 2010,

Sylvia has a daughter, Shannon Parker, who lives in Mechanicsville with her husband, Cliff, and two children Charles Parker, 13, and Ainsley Parker, 11. Her mother, Marie Morgan, lives in Emporia.

Don Koralewski

Don Koralewski is a seasoned journalist, who is no stranger to Southside Virginia. He is currently the editor of the Sussex-Surry Dispatch — covering Sussex and Surry counties.

Prior to that, he served as editor of the Independent-Messenger in Emporia for nearly seven years and as the editor of the Tidewater News in Franklin. He was also the assistant editor of The South Hill Enterprise in South Hill; and, as is a former reporter for the Smithfield Times in Smithfield.

In addition to his work as an editor and a writer for four Southside newspapers, Koralewski has also worked at a daily newspaper in Sandusky, Ohio — the Sandusky Register — and at Soundings, an independent weekly newspaper covering the U.S. Navy community in Norfolk.

Outside of newspaper work, Koralewski has worked as a community relations manager in higher education and as a writer and photographer for the Virginia Beach School System. He is also a U.S. Navy veteran, where he served as a photographer and a photojournalist for a decade.

Don and his wife Nelda make their home in Emporia.

Mr. Kaorlewski noted after accepting his award that the local papers were not as conservative as they might seem, adding that Congressman Forbes has space because he writes every week.  Those in attendance were encouraged to have their representitave write editorials.  He finished by saying letters to the editor, "we need them, we want then, we'll publish them.

Also honored was Jim Wood of WEVA Radio.  Mr. Wood was not present and no further information was available.  His award was accepted by his sister, Arletha Cain.

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