Tim Shea is Charlottesville Tomorrow’s Education Reporter covering K-12 public education in Charlottesville-Albemarle. Mr. Shea first joined Charlottesville Tomorrow as an intern in September 2012.
Mr. Shea has been recognized by the Virginia Press Association with 12 awards for news reporting, multimedia reporting and photography, including:
- Four first place awards in 2014 for coverage of education in the following categories: feature story writing; feature series or continuing story; feature writing portfolio; and multimedia news report
- Three first place awards in 2013 for education reporting, a feature series and an online slideshow
- A first place award in 2012 for environmental reporting
Mr. Shea graduated with a BA in English from Mary Washington College.
He served as an AmeriCorps VISTA on Fredericksburg’s Rappahannock River. He then studied poetry at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the National University of Ireland Galway, and Queen’s University Belfast, in Northern Ireland.
What makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you?
Growing up in Maryland, people would often speak of Charlottesville as a utopia of mountains and streams where everyone smiles and eats fresh peaches and thrives in all aspects of their lives. Years later, as I began learning about historic preservation and architectural review boards, and as I began visiting Charlottesville more regularly, I came to see Charlottesville less as a paradise and more as a community that is actively engaged in the place-making process. It’s the people’s desire to protect and promote what makes this community unique that’s most attractive to me. And I love the August peaches.
Best part of working at Charlottesville Tomorrow?
Doing good work with good people is a rewarding experiencing. More specifically, I’m enjoying the opportunity to follow the myriad issues that are playing out at the moment, and to learn the nuances of the local civic process. Working on the Downtown Mall is quite a perk too, as it affords a vibrant atmosphere and countless people watching episodes per day.
Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday?
A stop by Edgar Allan Poe’s room in the morning, to take in some greatness, then, for a lesson in architecture, a stroll around the older sections of town, and maybe I’d follow that up by getting out into the mountains with friends.