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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‘An Individual who Exemplifies the Very Best’ in Fairfax

City honors Fairfax Little League’s Scott Peirce.

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Autism Speaks 5K Is this Saturday

Local family participating in son’s honor.

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WFCM Golf Tourney Proves Successful

New event raises more than $13,000 for the nonprofit.

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‘Inspiring Others to Continue His Legacy’

Sully Police Sgt. Ryan Lindenbaum honored in memorial golf fundraiser.

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Turkey Trot Time in Virginia Run

5K run, 2K walk benefit Life with Cancer.

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Growing Wrestling in The City of Fairfax

It’s a sport that also teaches resiliency.

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‘Truly a Life-Changing Experience for Kids’

Amputee children, veterans bond over softball.

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From Virginia Run to Surrey, England

Gabbi Nieves named to U.S. 2017 World Cup lacrosse team.

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Having Fun, Raising Money

Life Time holding Zumba-Latin Fusion dance class for MDA.

Peter Callas is living a happy and productive life, both personally and professionally. But it wouldn’t have been possible without his own determination, the love of his family and support from the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

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