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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‘Joy, and a Message of Love and Acceptance’ in Fairfax

Chantilly teacher Andy Shaw acting in ‘Beauty and The Beast.’

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‘Cozy Environment and Tasty, Well-Made Food’ in Fairfax

Welcome to the Corner Coffee House.

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Stuffing the Bus for Britepaths’ Food Pantry

The community lent a much-needed hand, last Saturday, June 29, during the Stuff the Bus food drive for nonprofit Britepaths at the Walmart in Fairfax City.

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‘This Is a Great Addition to Fairfax City’

New dog park on Berry Street is an instant hit.

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Fourth of July Festivities in Fairfax

Parade, Fireman’s Day, rock music and fireworks.

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Grossman Named LLS 2019 Man of the Year

Fairfax City man raised money for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Local Girl to Be Honored at Fundraiser

Shaving event will raise money for Children with Cancer.

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‘It Made Us Feel Really Loved and Seen’

Families praise Ellie’s Hats during pancake fundraiser.

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‘These Are Our Heroes, and Today We Honor Them’ in the City of Fairfax

Remembering the fallen during Memorial Day ceremony.

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