Len Stevens began bringing you the news in the Heart of Virginia in January of 2002. To hear him say it, Central Virginia is now his home. He loves so many aspects of life here: the weather, the attractions, and the people, to name a few.
In August of 2010, Len married his wife Melissa. She, her daughter Olivia, and Len all live in Lynchburg with their dog Scooby. They really enjoy their home, their neighborhood, their school – and hope to stay here for many years to come.
You can watch Len on ABC-13 News at 5:30, 6, 7, and 11 – and at all hours when breaking news stories or special reports demand it. He also volunteers for many worthy causes. You can watch him host the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Labor Day weekend telethon and the Children's Miracle Network Celebration. He has also hosted Lynchburg's Junior Miss scholarship competition and the Lynchburg Classic marching band competition. And he takes part in the Salvation Army's Media Mogul contest every year, to help kick-off their kettle campaign.
Len has received many accolades, including an Associated Press award for a series on children and smoke detectors. He's been recognized as media person of the year by Central Virginia Crime Stoppers and the Lynchburg Police Department. He was also chosen to go to Sri Lanka to cover the Asian Tsunami and help organize local relief efforts. The experience changed his life. The Heart of Virginia Tsunami Lifeline adopted a Sri Lankan village and put the people there back to work, by raising several thousand dollars and buying boats and nets for the fishing community.
That's all very humbling to him, but Len says the most important part of his job is keeping you informed. It's something he takes very seriously and hopes to continue for a very long time.
Len started his career in his hometown, Milwaukee. He has also reported and anchored in Greenville and Winston-Salem North Carolina.
His hobbies include:
Sports, especially following his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers.
Music, both listening and performing. He's a fan of all sorts of music and enjoys playing drums. Melissa Stevens, his lovely wife, is the lead singer for the Lynchburg-area band Dragonfly.
And staying active. In 2005, Len completed the Virginia 10-Miler and would love to try it again someday.