SVCC alum now face on Georgia TV

Published 8:05 am Monday, February 8, 2016

A once familiar face around the halls of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta is now being seen on TV as a newscaster for WRDW News 12 in Augusta, Georgia. Benjamin Billmyer recently landed a job as multimedia journalist with the television station.

The station covers 13 counties in the Central Savannah River Area that includes the cities of Augusta, Ga. and Aiken, S.C.

Born in Richmond and raised in Alberta, Billmyer is a graduate of SVCC with an Associate’s in General Studies degree.

“SVCC was the bridge I needed to help me reach the next big step. Their helpful staff and curriculum prepared me for advanced collegiate courses while letting me save money before my transfer. I would recommend Southside’s Transfer Program to anyone trying to make the same step I made when I was a student,” he said.

“Bernadette Battle (director of student services) helped me make my transfer to VCU happen.  She deserves recognition for that,” he said.

Billmyer was also a student of Leslie Cline, associate professor of theater and humanities, and he said her classes were “fun.”

After SVCC, he transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Broadcast Journalism from the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture.

While at VCU, he co-anchored, reported, edited and shot video for the school’s award-winning student news program, VCU Insight.

He was also host of a talk show on the college radio station and interned at WRIC-TV ABC 8 News in Richmond.

Before taking the job in Augusta, he was an on-air news anchor for The Voice of Virginia on Newsradio 1140 WRVA.

He is a graduate of Kenston Forest School in Blackstone. His parents are Jeff and Ellen Billmyer of Alberta.

Many students use a community college as a stepping-stone to a four-year college and a bachelor’s degree. Due to lower cost of SVCC tuition, students can save money while they prepare for transfer. For information, visit