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.