Bonnie Hobbes

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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.

Recent Stories

Revitalizing Central Springfield

Demolition of blighted buildings paves way for upscale development.

Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff McKay (D-Lee) could not be happier about the destruction going on all around him. And he’s willing to share some responsibility for it. “Just look at all this,” he said, pointing to a large crane dropping debris into a dumpster on Friday, July 8. “It’s a major step forward.”

Woman Sexually Assaulted Seeking Job at Employment Agency

Police launch effort to reach more victims of similar assaults.

A 41-year-old Falls Church woman was allegedly locked in a room, forced to watch pornography and repeatedly sexually assaulted at the World Employment Agency in Annandale on Tuesday, July 7.

Yes, We Need Medicaid Reform…

Block Grants are Not the Answer

A young man sits in a crowded waiting room. He is a wheel chair user, his hair is cut close to his head and his body is angular, arms bent in ways that most people would find uncomfortable. He wears head gear that looks like something from a sci-fi movie; it is a band that wraps around his head with a stick of some kind protruding off the front of his forehead.

A Runner’s Life

Karen Dickerson to run half marathon at Special Olympics World Summer Games.

Every Tuesday evening, Karen Dickerson meets at her former high school to run with a group called DC Capital Striders. Every Saturday morning, she meets at the Iwo Jima Memorial to run with a group called DC Road Runners, where she runs approximately 14 miles.

From Hollywood to Springfield

Rev. Peter Ackerman is new rector at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church.

In May, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Springfield welcomed a new permanent rector, Rev. Peter Ackerman. Ackerman was previously assistant rector at Immanuel Church on the Hill, where he served under Margaret Ann Faeth for many years.

Area Students Receive Young Women Awards

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) recently awarded its highest honor for young women, a Personal Progress Medallion, to four local high school students.

Local Novelist Brings a Monster to Life

Matthew Warner launches a new book.

When imagining the author of a horror novel, a dark and sinister man might come to mind. However, Northern Virginia novelist Matthew Warner is quite the opposite.

A Historic Family Rediscovered

Gooding Tavern marker dedicated on Little River Turnpike.

Kathie Gunther, a researcher with the Fairfax County Public Library’s Virginia Room, often receives inquiries about Civil War history. But when she received a call in 2008 from a descendant of the man who shot Confederate Major John S. Mosby, she had no idea it would unearth a treasure trove of history about another historic Virginia family: the Goodings.

Electric Cars Get Jump-Start with New Law

Legislation removes regulations to make electric vehicles a reality for families.

On Tuesday, July 12, Gov. Robert McDonnell (R) held a ceremonial signing of Del. David Bulova’s (D-37) House Bill 2105, a bi-partisan effort which removes barriers to clean-fuel technology and encourage electric vehicle charging stations.

Star-Spangled Tea

Burke Historic Society hosts patriotic tea for special guests.

Members of the Burke Historical Society hosted a patriotic tea for residents of the Heatherwood Retirement Community in Burke on Thursday, June 23.

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