With more than 25 years experience in journalism, I’ve written and edited newspapers in California, North Carolina and Virginia. In California, I worked for a weekly paper in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I’m from originally.
In North Carolina, I worked two years (1990-92) at the Sun Journal, a daily paper in New Bern. There, I covered county government, commercial fishing – which is a big industry there – and the Gulf War.
New Bern is near the Marine Corps Air Station in Havelock, so I did lots of stories on the effects the war had on the wives and children left behind while the husbands and dads were fighting in Iraq. As one elementary-school teacher told me, “If one child’s father or mother is killed, the security for the rest of the students is shattered.”
In addition, my photographer and I were lowered by helicopter onto the USS Iwo Jima as it returned to port in Morehead City after deployment. I got to interview the sailors and Marines aboard ship and experience, firsthand, their welcome back by local residents who greeted them in the water in hundreds of small boats to escort them home.
I also interviewed parents of Marines killed in the war, as well as a Marine pilot whose aircraft had been shot down overseas. He spoke about what went through his mind while parachuting into the desert and what happened to him while he was a POW. Luckily, it was toward the end of the war and he was eventually freed to return home.
I also worked three years for the Prince William Journal, covering the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, as well as a slew of criminal cases. And I’ve been with Centre View for almost 19 years, covering Centreville, Chantilly, Clifton, Fair Oaks and Fair Lakes. For the past few years, I’ve also covered Fairfax and some of Lorton and Fairfax Station for the Connection.
Britepaths is a well-known, Fairfax-based nonprofit that helps area residents, all year ’round, in a variety of ways.
Brooke’s Bridal & Ball opens
Brooke Ramos initially wanted to be a wedding planner.
Upcoming Restaurant Week features global offerings.
While it may look and feel a bit different than usual, Fairfax City’s 3rd annual Restaurant Week still promises to provide fun experiences and delicious food.
City to hold Park(ing) Day outside the mall.
Turning an ordinary parking lot into a space for outdoor fun and activities, Fairfax City will hold its second annual Park(ing) Day, next Friday, Sept. 18.
The new, mixed-use development, Scout on the Circle, has transformed its section of Fairfax Boulevard in Fairfax City.
New Giant opens at Scout on the Circle
Giant is already a food store familiar to Fairfax City residents; but now they have one to enjoy at 9400 Fairfax Blvd. in the new Scout on the Circle development. It opened Friday, Aug. 21, much to the delight of the shoppers there.
Britepaths helping schoolchildren connect to online classes.
The ongoing pandemic is causing most students in the local area to attend school virtually this fall.
City awards $10,000 grants to 48 small businesses.
A week after awarding $1 million in grants to help Fairfax City’s small businesses, its Economic Development Authority (EDA) is doing even more.
Spotlight on the Arts Mayor’s Gala is Aug. 29.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s Spotlight on the Arts Mayor’s Gala will have to be virtual.
Heavy rains rotted one of the building’s wooden columns.
If a tree falls in the forest and no one sees it happen, it may or may not make a sound.