John Bland

John is the third generation of the Bland family to be associated with The Times Dispatch. He has worked full-time at The TD since December of 1980. He is a graduate of Walnut Ridge High School and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where he received a bachelor of arts in journalism.

He and his wife, the former Renee Rainwater, who is also a native of Walnut Ridge, have a daughter, Anna, who graduated from Walnut Ridge High School in 2014 and is now a student at Arkansas State University.

"I am grateful to be a part of this newspaper and to live and work in Lawrence County." ~ John Bland

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