Mr. Agent Man Straight From The Blue Ridge Bureau

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™2014 Blue Ridge Life : Photos By BRLM Photographer Shay Munroe : Clint Van Zandt, former FBI profiler and hostage negotiator, prepares for an NBC Network live shot from his Wintergreen, Virginia studio located in his home there.
™2014 Blue Ridge Life : Photos By BRLM Photographer Shay Munroe : Clint Van Zandt, former FBI profiler and hostage negotiator, prepares for an NBC Network live shot from his Wintergreen, Virginia studio located in his home there.
™2014 Blue Ridge Life : Photos By BRLM Photographer Shay Munroe : Clint Van Zandt, former FBI profiler and hostage negotiator, prepares for an NBC Network live shot from his Wintergreen, Virginia studio located in his home there.

Wintergreen
Nelson County, Virginia

Portions by Jennie T Willams
If you live near or frequent the Wintergreen area you may have seen a face and thought, “Where do I know this man from?” On page 32 of our January 2015 issue of Blue Ridge Life Magazine we tell you about Blue Ridge Bureau G-Man, Clint Van Zandt. Clint spent an entire career in the FBI, most notoriously known as an analyst by helping discover the unibomber’s identity.


Click above to read our writer Jennie William’s story about Clint Van Zandt in our January 2015 issue now. Scroll down for more pictures and background in our web story.

After our interview with Clint at Devils Backbone back in early December,  he holds up one of the books he's recently written.
Photo By Tommy Stafford: After our interview with Clint at Devils Backbone back in early December, he holds up one of the books he’s most recently written.

After commuting to D.C. for more than a decade, the drive (which could take more than two hours each way) got to be a bit too much for Clint, who spends most of his time in his Fredericksburg home. So the NBC station he worked for offered to put a studio inside his home office – complete with lights, camera, and the action! – and when his family began spending more and more time in their Wintergreen home, it wasn’t a huge step to put a studio in the new house as well.

Screenshot courtesy of MSNBC: Left newsman Chuck Todd gets anaylsis from Clint Van Zandt during a breaking news situation carried by the network.
Screenshot courtesy of MSNBC: Left NBC newsman Chuck Todd gets anaylsis from Clint Van Sandt during a breaking news situation carried by the network.
Clint Van Zandt prepares for a live shot back to NBC News Headquarters from his mini studio at Wintergreen Virginia.
Clint Van Zandt prepares for a live shot back to NBC News Headquarters from his mini studio at Wintergreen Virginia.

“I’d get calls with fast breaking situations and there’s nothing fast breaking about news in Wintergreen,” he said, adding that he’d often have to make the long drive into D.C. on a moment’s notice if he was needed. “But now what the studio in my house in Wintergreen lets me do is take a phone call, get a little bit of information about what’s going on, thrown a coat and tie on, drop myself in front of a camera, flip the lights on and I am live from 3,500 feet at Wintergreen all the way to 30 Rock in New York.”

But the biggest reason Clint comes to Wintergreen is to get down time from the hustle and bustle of the TV news analysis and an aggressive speaking circuit he keeps. Above Clint and his wife Dianne enjoy a hike along the AT not too far from their home at Wintergreen.
But the biggest reason Clint comes to Wintergreen is to get down time from the hustle and bustle of the TV news analysis and an aggressive speaking circuit he keeps. Above Clint and his wife Dianne enjoy a hike along the AT not too far from their home at Wintergreen.

To read more about Clint Van Zandt, pick up our January issue of Blue Ridge Life Magazine going out on stands everywhere, now or click on the electronic magazine version up above.

Clint Van Zandt on the web: http://www.threatlink.com/about/ourpresident.htm

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