Browsing All posts tagged under »virginian-pilot«

Belligerent Q&A, Vol. XVII: Pop culture journalist Will Harris

March 19, 2012


NORFOLK, Va. – Will Harris is a pop culture journalist, a splendid form of the muckraking arts that often dispenses with the muck by subbing in stuff that people enjoy reading. Harris is a senior editor and TV columnist for Bullz-Eye, and he’s become a regular contributor to one of my favorite online destinations, The AV […]

Writing Craft, Vol. IX: Writer and editor Tom Robotham (Part Two)

December 14, 2011


NORFOLK, Va. — This is the second half of a two-part craft talk with writer and editor Tom Robotham, a columnist in Veer and Hampton Roads Magazine. He was the longtime editor of the now-defunct PortFolio Weekly. It comes up, you might say. Part One of the talk ran last week, and it can be found at this link. […]

Writing Craft, Vol. IX: Writer and editor Tom Robotham (Part One)

December 7, 2011


NORFOLK, Va. — This two-part craft talk with writer and editor Tom Robotham covers a lot of ground, including the state of journalism, local alternative media, and the art of writing a coffee table book with Charlton Heston. Robotham, a columnist locally in Veer and Hampton Roads Magazine, may be best known as the longtime editor of […]

Journalism: Q&A with Frank Batten Sr. biographer Connie Sage

August 17, 2011


NORFOLK, Va. — Connie Sage, a former writer and editor for The Virginian-Pilot, has penned a biography of the late Frank Batten Sr., founder of The Weather Channel and known in these parts as the man who led The Pilot through some of its greatest journalism triumphs. Batten became The Pilot‘s publisher in 1954 and chairman […]

A delegate and a poem, such as they are

August 12, 2011


NORFOLK, Va. — A federal judge in Richmond today sentenced former state Del. Phil Hamilton, who recently was convicted of bribery and extortion, to serve 9½ years in prison. That sentence – meaning my lede, not Hamilton’s – is pretty much a total ripoff of Julian Walker’s opening line in The Virginian-Pilot‘s online report. Homage, baby. The other […]

Belligerent Q&A, Vol. VI: Columnist Mike Gruss of The Virginian-Pilot

May 6, 2011


As the columnist for The Daily Break – feature – section of The Virginian-Pilot newspaper, Mike Gruss has been followed around by a ringmaster. He has compared a Jeopardy champ to one of America’s famed wearers of the John Henry name. And he has written with wit and heart about the things that make the Hampton Roads, Va., […]

The Newseum

March 16, 2011


I visited the Newseum yesterday with several folks from Vox Optima, the first time I’ve seen it the museum in it’s relatively new location on the 500 block of Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Among the great exhibits was Covering Katrina, on display until September. It’s a very moving series of displays that included front pages from […]

Belligerent Q&A, Vol. I: Mike D’Orso

March 3, 2011


Norfolk, Va., author Mike D’Orso’s new collaboration with the actor and environmental activist Ted Danson will be published March 15. Oceana: Our Planet’s Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them is Mike’s 11th “collaborative book,” and he has written five of his own. Previous collaborative subjects include former New York Jets player […]

On AltDaily’s “If You Read the Paper”

February 7, 2011


A new essay is posted at TReehouse Magazine on a great feature at AltDaily, a local alternative news and opinion website in the Hampton Roads, Va., region. The (week)daily feature is a regular stop for me when I surf online. As the essay says: (If You Read the Paper) has shown itself to be a […]

Selective facts in the NPD version of John Kohn’s death

January 15, 2011


The reports that came out Friday about what happened to Norfolk police recruit John Kohn, a shipmate of mine aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt many years ago, show the Norfolk Police Department did not tell the whole story of the events that apparently led to John’s death. Mike Mather’s reporting for WTKR shows John was punched […]


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