Sam G. Riley

Sam G. Riley has taught journalism at Virginia Tech since 1981—and for 11 years prior to that time. During this span of years, he published 17 earlier books, wrote a weekly newspaper column while working in Georgia, was a freelance travel writer and a magazine travel editor, and since moving to Virginia, has had his “say” on numerous political and social issues in the form of commentary pieces in two newspapers—usually the Roanoke Times and, less frequently, the Times-Dispatch in Richmond. Blessed (or cursed) with a sense of mirth, he often has approached the topics he addressed by employing satire, irony, or some other humor-writing technique.

He passed away from a sudden illness in February, 2014. Please read Michael Abraham's tribute here.


 Sam's books are:

Mostly Merry Commentary

Things My Southern Mother Used To Say