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Doughty spent his youth in Bethesda, MD. Doughty attended Primary Day School, Beauvoir School and Saint Albans School in Washington, D.C., where he graduated in 1970. Doughty attended and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from the University of Virginia with a history major. He served as Sports Editor of the Cavalier Daily in 1972-1973. While a student, Doughty was a stringer for The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post and Charlottesville Daily Progress. Doughty joined The Roanoke Times in July 1974 as a beat reporter for minor league hockey. He currently serves as the assistant sports editor for The Roanoke Times and is well known for his weekly College Notebook and Notebook Plus on-line exclusive. He has covered college recruiting since 1975 and was one of the first reporters in the nation to focus on recruiting which has now become standard coverage in sports media. Each year he publishes the top football recruits in the state of Virginia on Christmas Day.
Doughty is best known for his coverage of the University of Virginia athletic program, which he has covered since 1974. He focuses on the University of Virginia football, men's basketball, men's lacrosse, and baseball programs. He was named the Virginia Sportswriter of the Year in 1998, 2000, and 2010 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA).
Doughty has been a frequent contributor to sports publications including The Sporting News, ACC Sports Journal, ACC Basketball Yearbook, and Sports Illustrated. He appears weekly on “The Greg Roberts ShowTemplate:Dead link”, which airs on WFIR 960 AM in Roanoke, Virginia. He was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
Doug married Beth Stolpe in 1979 in Washington, D.C. They have four children Allison, Caroline, Michael and Matthew as well as two fawn pugs, Brady and Harper.
Doughty chairs the Roanoke Valley Golf Hall of Fame Selection Committee and served on the Cave Spring National Little League Board from 2000-2010. He was president of the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association in 2009 and in 2014 and has served as a delegate to that organization since 1998.
Doughty is also known for his signature golf shots. "The Lunge Lick" is when a player is chipping around the green and sculls his or her shot due to not keeping the head still through follow-through. The player consequently makes a striking stab at the ball, instead of a follow-through. The Wide Stance is Doug's signature putting stance in which the distance between his two feet is two to three times longer than that of a normal player. Doughty is a founder of the Hunting Hills Country Club Trash League.
While attending the University of Virginia, Doug was initiated into the Beta chapter of the Sigma Nu fraternity in 1971. He served as the fraternity's treasurer from 1972-1974. Other notable members in the Beta chapter of Sigma Nu include former University of Virginia Head Coach and current Georgia Tech Defensive Coordinator Al Groh and Dave Matthews Band member Boyd Tinsley.
Doughty is also an avid swimmer and active member of the Roanoke Valley Aquatic Association. He has swum in the league every summer since 1995. He is a member of the Hunting Hills Country Club team. He has been general manager of the club's swim team since 1998. The club team won eight consecutive championships from 2003 to 2010. Doughty has also participated in the Commonwealth Games of Virginia from 2007-2009. He has won seven individual age-group swimming state championships.
Aside from competitive swimming, Doughty has competed in the weekly Roanoke King Pin bowling league since 1974 where he is a member of the “Fourth Estate” team and served as manager for U’s Guys Adult League Slow Pitch Softball team.
- 1998, 2000, 2010 Sportswriter of the Year
- 30+ national, state, and in-house writing awards including Associated Press, Football Writers Association, and US Basketball Writers Association
- Landmark Awards for best in-house sports portfolio
- Sportsperson of the Year, Play by Play]
- 2011 Platinum Writer of the Year, The Best of Roanoke
- Inductee, Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2018
- 1995 – "Hoos ‘N’ Hokies, the Rivalry: 100 Years of Virginia Tech-Virginia Football", Taylor Pub, ISBN 0878331166, co-authored with Roland Lazenby