The dean of the University of Virginia beat, Doug Doughty has reported on UVa athletics since his undergraduate days on the Cavalier Daily. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.By the time he retired from The Roanoke Times in 2021, he had more than 10,000 bylines and covered 50 PGA Tour events, Class A baseball, minor league hockey and high school football, basketball, swimming, and soccer. His ranking of the state's top 25 football prospects appeared on Christmas Day for 40 years. His Wednesday College Notebook ran in the Roanoke newspaper and on Roanoke.com for 40 years.
Doughty has won more than 40 national, state and in-house writing awards and been honored three times as Virginia Sportswriter of the Year. He won the Landmark Award, given annually by The Roanoke Times for best sports writing portfolio, in each of his four decades at the newspaper.
Doughty co-authored Hoos and Hokies, a book on first 100 years of Virginia Tech-UVa football rivalry. Longtime contributor to national publications including The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, ACC Sports Journal, ACC Basketball Handbook, he also can be found weekly on the Greg Roberts Show on WFIR-AM.
Doughty has been a voter for BCS Football Poll, AP Men’s Basketball Poll, Heisman Trophy, Bill Dudley Award, Wooden Award, Lombardi Award and Bear Bryant Award. Aside from his reputation as a journalist, Doughty is a member of the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame and is on the Wall of Honor as an outstanding volunteer for the Cave Spring National Little League.
He also has 17 individual medals for swimming in the Virginia Commonwealth Games and has been a league bowler for 47 years. He once drove to Omaha twice in the same week to watch his son compete in the College World Series as a member of the University of Virginia baseball team.