Mason Adams, a native of Alleghany County, Va., has been named assistant editor for Virginia Tech Magazine.

A 1999 graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology, Adams spent 10 years as a Roanoke Times reporter, eventually covering politics and the city of Roanoke, Va. He also has written for newspapers in North Carolina, Colorado, and California.

Early in his career, Adams tracked California condors, restored riverside vegetation, and maintained trails for wildlife groups and agencies around the United States. After leaving the Roanoke Times, he helped coordinate farmer-support programs for a Floyd County, Va., non-profit group.

A roller derby referee with the Star City Roller Girls, the NRV Roller Girls, and other leagues for four years, he can be found running streets, sidewalks, and trails in Southwest Virginia, spending time with his family, and helping his wife make goat cheese at Thickety Springs Farmstead in Check, Va. He continues to write on a freelance basis for several magazines.

Adams is the son of Virginia Tech alumnus Harold Stephen "Doc" Adams, who received a Ph.D. in botany from Virginia Tech in 1974 and taught biology at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Va., for more than 30 years.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.