Communications

The Office of Communications keeps the public and city employees advised of city-related news and information. In addition, staff assists the City Manager with special projects and campaigns. The Office of Communications also provides assistance to departments with public relations and marketing needs, and facilitates internal communication for the city organization.

Media Inquiries


All inquiries from the media should be directed to the Communications and Media Officer at 540-853-6357 or by email for response. The city's Media Policy states that the most knowledgeable and informed city employee on a particular issue is the best city spokesperson. The Communications and Media Officer works with city staff to determine the best person to address the subject of the inquiry, and assists in arranging contacts and interviews for staff with the media.  

News Releases


The Office of Communications regularly sends out news releases about city events and initiatives. Read our latest news releases. Click here to sign up to receive news releases by e-mail.

Roanoke Valley Television


The Communications and Media Officer serves as a member of the Roanoke Valley Television Cable Committee and also hosts the city's monthly show, "Inside Roanoke," on RVTV Cox Channel 3. 
Roanoke Valley Television is a Government and Educational Access Station, serving the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, the Town of Vinton and their respective school systems. RVTV-3 was created in 1992 as an agreement between the three localities to form a Government & Educational Access Station. The operational budget for RVTV is provided by the three local governments, and it is funded through the Virginia Communications Sales and Use Tax Revenue paid by Cox Communications. The RVTV budget amount paid by each locality is based on the proportion of Cox Customers located in each jurisdiction.

FOIA Requests


The Communications and Media Officer also serves as the city's official FOIA Officer. FOIA requests may be directed to Melinda Mayo by phone at 540-853-6357, by email or by fax at 540-853-1138. You may also contact her with questions you have concerning requesting records from the City of Roanoke, Va. In addition, the Freedom of Information Advisory Council is available to answer any questions about FOIA. The Council may be contacted by e-mail at foiacouncil@dls.virginia.gov, or by phone at (804) 225-3056 or [toll free] 1-866-448-4100.