Mike Tripp

Freelance Reporter

Mike Tripp is a freelance reporter based in Staunton.  He has worked as as a photojournalist in the Shenandoah Valley for more than 25 years.

Starting as a freelance photographer with the News Gazette in Lexington, Tripp's first staff position was with the News Leader back in the '90s. He later worked as a photographer with the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg before moving back to the News Leader where he was Chief of photography and Multimedia for more than 15 years.

In 2019, he struck out on his own and started his own business, Mike Tripp Media LLC, which specializes in the art of storytelling through images and multimedia.  Tripp is a huge fan of Star Trek and science fiction, and he's something of a history nut. He "commands" the U.S.S. Maelstrom -- a local chapter of an international Star Trek club named Fleet 31.

Mike Tripp

You may have noticed that autumn leaf colors seem a bit late this year.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp paid a visit to Shenandoah National Park to explore the reasons why.

Mike Tripp

Unless you’ve been living under a sorcerer’s stone, you’ve probably heard of a game called "Quidditch."  And you may be aware that it exists not just in the fictional world of Harry Potter, but in real life too.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp recently met with one Staunton couple to explain this sport, featured during the recent Queen City Mischief & Magic festival.

Mike Tripp

It’s been 11 years since the Rocktown Rollers brought the sport of roller derby to Harrisonburg.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp recently visited with a couple of the team’s players, one a veteran returning from an injury and the other relatively new to the team.

Mike Tripp

An archaeological dig is currently underway in the gardens at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton.  It’s a follow-up to another dig at the same place last year.  But the leaders of this summer’s project are a little different from those involved last year – they’re students from James Madison University.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

Mike Tripp

After originating in Charlottesville, the Impulse Gay Social Club can now be found at a second location.  It opened in Waynesboro this month for members.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.