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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‘Music to Do Good and Help People’

Project Joy will provide an income for Zambian orphans.

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Fairfax High: ‘Remember to Dream of Something Better’

Fairfax High Class of 2017 graduates.

Fairfax High Graduation

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Sully District: Metz Honored

Named Sully Officer of the Month.

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‘He Can Start Living His Life Again’

Silverthorne’s friends, family react to his sentence.

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Silverthorne Is Home Again

Former City mayor sentenced to time served.

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Remembrance Cabaret Honors Reema Samaha

10th annual event is June 17 at Westfield High.

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‘Success Is Attainable for Everyone’

CPMSAC honors local high-school students.

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University Drive Extension Public Hearing Is June 13

VDOT weighs in on the road’s revised design.

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