The Roanoke Times
Terry Jamerson, a Martinsville native who rose to the top of the newspaper industry in Virginia, announced Monday she is retiring as publisher of The Roanoke Times and as a regional vice president of BH Media Group, owner of the Martinsville Bulletin.
Jamerson, who has family members still in the region, had a career that spanned four decades and also included senior leadership roles with Worrell Enterprises and Media General.
Jamerson was named publisher of The Roanoke Times in 2013 when BH Media purchased the newspaper from Landmark Communications of Norfolk. In addition to Roanoke, she directed BH Media’s Virginia Community Group, which includes daily and weekly newspapers across the state including Bristol, Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Danville and Martinsville.
Jamerson, a graduate of Mary Baldwin College, got her start in the business by selling advertising at The Daily Progress in Charlottesville.
During her career, Jamerson held leadership roles in advertising and publishing at Worrell Enterprises newspapers in Charlottesville, the New River Valley and Marion, and later became publisher of a daily publication in Bryan-College Station, Texas. She arrived as publisher of the The News & Advance in Lynchburg in 1994. Media General purchased Lynchburg and other Worrell papers in 1995 and named Jamerson part of its leadership team in Virginia. Media General sold its newspaper holdings to Berkshire Hathaway in 2012.
“I’ve had a grand experience in a variety of leadership roles in newspapers, but most important to me is the positive impact our newspapers have had on the communities we serve,” Jamerson said. “And that means not only informing our readers on a daily basis, but also by serving in volunteer roles outside our institutions.”
In Roanoke, Jamerson served as board president of the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the United Way and is on the board of directors of Center in the Square. Jamerson serves on the GO Virginia Southside Board and is currently serving as President of The Roanoke Regional Partnership. She also is a longtime member of the board for the University of Lynchburg, Southern Newspaper Publishers Association, and she is a former president of the Virginia Press Association.
“I congratulate Terry on a career full of achievements,” said BH Media Group Executive Vice President Julie Bechtel. “In addition to her accomplishments as a newspaper publisher, Terry has made lasting contributions to the Roanoke and Lynchburg communities through her volunteer work. She is to be commended.”
John Jordan, BH Media’s vice president of digital and sales, will oversee the Virginia Community Group and The Roanoke Times on an interim basis. Jordan has been with the company since 2018. Jamerson will assist with the transition.