Bonnie Hobbs

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

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Chocolate, Ice Cream and Candy Galore in Fairfax City

People flocked to last weekend’s Taste of Chocolate at the Fairfax Chocolate Lovers Festival.

Mayor Meyer Talks State of Fairfax City

Development, tax base and the future.

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Update on Scout on the Circle at Fairfax Circle

Developer anticipates groundbreaking this month.

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Time to Indulge in Fairfax City

Chocolate Lovers Festival is this weekend.

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Offering Equal Access to Information in Fairfax City

Fairfax Regional Library celebrates a decade at North Street.

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Heaven for All Chocolate Lovers in Fairfax

Fairfax’s 26th annual festival is Feb. 2-4.

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Teaching Children ‘It’s OK to be Different’ in Fairfax

Fairfax Academy’s Musical Theatre presents ‘Honk!’

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‘Making Healthy Eating Easy and Accessible’ in Fairfax

Earth Fare grocery store is now open in Fairfax.

For Students Serious about Their Acting in Fairfax

A glimpse into the Fairfax Academy’s Musical Theatre Actors’ Studio.

‘We Need to Hear from Others’ in Old Town Fairfax

Council discusses Old Town traffic patterns and economic development.

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