Renee Bland

Renee returned to the staff of The Times Dispatch in January of 2015 after a 19-year gap to be a stay-at-home mother. The former Renee Rainwater, she is a native of Walnut Ridge and graduate of Walnut Ridge Ridge High School. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism-public relations and later a master's degree in sociology, both from Arkansas State University.

In addition to her previous work at The TD, she spent some time teaching sociology classes at Williams Baptist College.

She is married to John Bland, TD publisher, and they have a daughter, Anna Elizabeth Bland, who graduated from WRHS in 2014 and is now attending Arkansas State University.

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