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.

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Since its artistic director resigned earlier this year under a cloud of allegations, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton has embraced change – with a new model led by the actors. WMRA’s Mike Tripp takes us backstage.


Like most local theater companies, ShenanArts in Staunton has had to think outside the box to reach audiences this holiday season. WMRA’s Mike Tripp takes us behind the scenes for a glimpse at their latest production, in a form that your grandparents might well recognize.

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Stuart Hall School in Staunton is phasing out its elementary grades, but a group of teachers has joined together to open their own school to fill the need.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp reports.

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The new chairman of Staunton City’s school board made history last month.  WMRA’s Mike Tripp has this profile of Kenneth Venable.

For those with developmental disabilities or mental illness, the pandemic and resulting stay-at-home orders have created isolation from services that normally help them live independently. In the next installment of WMRA’s special series, Mental Health Matters, Mike Tripp reports.

Local newspapers have felt the sting of the economic downturn.  Many have been furloughing and even laying off staff, including reporters.   WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

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As Governor Ralph Northam continues to lift coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses, how are shops in downtown Staunton responding?  WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to feel alone. One Staunton neighborhood handles the isolation by howling as a community each evening. WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

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During the pandemic, Devils Backbone Brewing has found a way to help families in need in both Nelson and Rockbridge Counties. WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

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An activist group called 50 Ways Rockbridge is working to connect people into a network to help one another during the Covid-19 pandemic. WMRA’s Mike Tripp reports.

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Over the past couple of months, a local chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign has taken root in the Shenandoah Valley, gaining members as they seek to promote change. WMRA’s Mike Tripp has the story.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.