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

‘You Must Respect and Honor Human Life’

Doctor and former firefighter share their stories.

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‘A Thrilling, Yet Hilarious, Mystery’ in Chantilly

Westfield High presents the play, “Baskerville.”

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‘Faces of Grieving Parents Seared into my Memory’

Epicure hosts Concert across America to End Gun Violence.

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‘Fresh and Made-to-Order’ in Chantilly

Habit Burger Grill is open for business.

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‘For All Time, a Hero and a Patriot’

Fairfax High grad who died in Vietnam honored at Fairfax Museum.

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Aviary in Chantilly to Hold ParrotFest

Public can meet birds with “personality and intelligence.”

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Chills, Thrills and Squeals of Delight in Chantilly

Westfield High presents its Haunted House and Carnival.

Blakley, Cochrane and Morgan Are Promoted at Fair Oaks and Sully Districts

All three served at local, police district stations.

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Residents Weigh In On Paul VI Redevelopment in Fairfax

Say it expands housing options, but increases traffic and density.

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