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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Cartoon Characters Will Come to Life in Fairfax

Fairfax High presents Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid.’

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‘It’s a Timeless, American Classic’ in Fairfax

Woodson High presents the play, ‘Our Town.’

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Murder and Mystery Take the Stage in Fairfax

Shoestring Theatre presents ‘The Best Doctor in Town.’

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Puppets, Petting Zoo, Music, Food Trucks in Chantilly

Springfest comes to Sully Historic Site

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‘Artful Living’ Benefits Local Families in Need

Britepaths fundraiser is part of Spotlight on the Arts.

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Singing, Dancing, Comedy and Romance in Fairfax

Paul VI High presents ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’

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Bringing a Magical Legend to Life in Fairfax

CFTC presents ‘Orson the Magnificent’ at Old Town Hall.

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Sample South America in Old Town Fairfax

Latino fusion cuisine is at Pampasazone.

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Fairfax City Council Mulls Boosting Old Town’s Vitality

Farmers market moving to Sager/University public lot.

Fairfax Teen Charged in Student’s Murder

Victim was a junior at Centreville High.

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