Juliet Bickford is the 4:00pm and 5:00pm anchor at WTKR NewsChannel 3. She has enjoyed working in broadcast news for more than 10 years.

Juliet was named the 2010 Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters Best News Anchor of the Year. For the past two years, she has been proud to be working with Hampton Roads Regional Crime Line on a series called “Taking Action against Crime.” Each week, NewsChannel 3 features fugitives in the Hampton Roads area. Juliet is asking viewers to take action to call the Crime Line to help catch them. Since the series started in November 2008, it has been very successful. “Taking Action against Crime” has helped catch more than 79 fugitives.

Juliet has been recognized for her work with the Hampton Roads Crime Line with several awards. She is the Virginia Crime Stoppers Association 2009 Media Representative of the Year. And Taking Action against Crime earned WTKR the 2009 “Top Cop Award” for Top Corporation. And, she was honored with the 2009 Media award from the Southeastern Crime Stoppers Association.

Juliet went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia and graduated magna cum laude with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Theater. Juliet started her journalism career as a weekend anchor and reporter at KACB in San Angelo, Texas. She moved to Roanoke, VA in 2002 and worked as the morning and noon anchor at WSLS until she moved back to Hampton in March 2008 to work for WTKR.

Juliet is a Hampton native and her family has a rich history there. The Bickfords first came to Hampton in the 1860’s and her great-grandfather James V. Bickford was the mayor of Hampton for 25 years. He is still the longest serving Mayor in Hampton History.

Over the years, she has had some noteworthy assignments — including covering the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia. Throughout her time in Roanoke, Juliet covered significant breaking news live from the anchor desk — including the search for escaped inmate William Morva on Virginia Tech’s campus and the death of Jerry Falwell.
She helped WSLS earn a 2007 Peabody Award for its coverage of the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech. Juliet anchored live breaking news coverage for eight hours on April 16, 2007 during the shootings. When she’s not working, Juliet enjoys snow skiing, boating, theater, and the beach.

Recent Articles
  • NewsChannel 3 takes your questions to VDOT about pothole failures

    VDOT Pothole FAIL! Crews worked on emergency pothole repairs on I-264 East on Tuesday night. NewsChannel 3’s Juliet Bickford interviewed the VDOT spokesman about what’s going on. Chris Purzycki says temporary patches came apart in Tuesday’s rain and he said VDOT expected this to happen.  They had crews standing by to block off the road starting at 6:30pm.  The repairs went into the early morning hours of Wednesday. Another pothole disaster in the rain.  Sounds like a bad re-run.  Leading to […]

  • Three Norfolk families thankful after convicted killer learns possible sentence

    Three families are filled with gratitude as a triple murderer learned his possible sentence. NewsChannel 3 has been investigating this case since it was a unsolved murder. Juliet Bickford was at the sentencing hearing today for convicted killer Aaron Perry. The jury recommended three life sentences plus 13 years. This concludes more than six years of waiting for justice for the families of his victims. And they’re thanking NewsChannel 3 and our viewers for getting results in this case. “I […]

  • Photos: Scared of Santa

    Post your holiday cuties here – even if they do appear to be ‘scared of Santa’!

  • Don’t Waste Your Money: Best Tablets for Kids

    If you’re not wild about sharing your tablet with the kids, there’s good news. This year you’ll find more tablets made especially for children. Consumer Reports checked out 5 of the newest, costing between $150 and $200. They’re made for kids but they’ve got features that are all grown up. Some come with with real Android operating systems and features like Wi-Fi and expandable memory. Consumer Reports examined the tablets, including display quality. Some screens proved hard to view from […]

  • Juliet tells off the Turkey

    Wild Turkey Bourbon’s football picking turkey obviously underestimated the Washington Redskins!  Jimmy Junior picked the Cowboys over the Redskins, so Juliet had a little something to say to him!

  • Mayoral and City Council races in Hampton Roads

    Morning updates on Virginia Beach and Suffolk, as well as Hampton Roads school board races. In Virginia Beach, Mayor Will Sessoms beat out two challengers – Wally Erb and Richard Kowalewitch.  For the two Virginia Beach School Board at large seats, the race is very close.  With 94 of 95 precincts reporting, Beverly Anderson and Elizabeth Taylor have the most votes and appear to be the winners.  In the Rose Hall District, Joel McDonald, Jr. beat out Chris Arney.  Leonard […]

  • Voters approve eminent domain, General Assembly amendments

    Virginia had two Constitutional Amendment questions on the ballot.  Both passed easily.  The first has to do with the concept of eminent domain.  It asked, should any future Constitutional changes to this law be approved by voters first?  The ‘yes’ vote means voters want a chance to vote to approve future changes.  There is already a law in place to protect people from having their property taken from them.  The property owner usually has to come to some sort of […]

  • Hampton Roads election highlights

    In Hampton Roads, here are the results for several races.   In Virginia Beach, Mayor Will Sessoms beat out two challengers – Wally Erb and Richard Kowalewitch.  For the two Virginia Beach School Board at large seats, the race is very close.  With 94 of 95 precincts reporting, Beverly Anderson and Elizabeth Taylor have the most votes and appear to be the winners.  In the Rose Hall District, Joel McDonald, Jr. beat out Chris Arney.  Leonard Tengco won over Eric Wray, […]

  • Which presidential candidate won each local city?

    Juliet Bickford has the breakdown for each city – which candidate won in Hampton Roads? President Barack Obama narrowly won the 13 electoral votes in the Commonwealth of Virginia to help him win the presidential race.  He claimed victory over Governor Mitt Romney by just 2.2% of the vote.  It was an even smaller margin than in 2008 — when President Obama won Virginia by a 6.3% margin.  And in Hampton Roads, many of the cities voted similarly to 2008.  […]

  • NewsChannel 3 Honored for Taking Action Against Crime

    NewsChannel 3 was honored Saturday night for Taking Action against Crime.  The Greater Hampton Roads Crime Lines surprised me with an award at the annual Top Cop Awards in Virginia Beach. I was the Mistress of Ceremonies Saturday night as the Crime Line honored the top cops from all over Hampton Roads.  I was caught off guard when Chair Jan Clark presented me with a special award — including a patch from all 14 law enforcement agencies in Hampton Roads. […]

  • North Carolina election results, explained

    A big win for Republicans in North Carolina – Governor Mitt Romney narrowly defeated President Barack Obama to win the battleground state.  And for the first time in 20 years, a Republican will be Governor of North Carolina.  Pat McCrory beat Democrat Walter Dalton.  This was McCory’s second run.  He was defeated by Beverly Perdue in 2008.  In McCrory’s acceptance speech, he pledged to bring the state together.  The Lieutenant Governor’s race will be one to watch in the coming […]

  • Juliet Bickford honored at Top Cop Awards

    Photo: Juliet Bickford at the Top Cop Awards on Saturday. The event was held at the Westin at Virginia Beach Town Center. Hampton Roads Regional Crime line honored Juliet with a surprise award – it’s a patch from each police department. Click here for more Taking Action Against Crime Stories.