Bonnie Hobbs | Staff

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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‘It’ll Put the Audience in the Holiday Spirit’

Encore presents ‘Christmas Is Just Around the Corner’

Christmas play by Encore

‘It’s about Getting Seen and Knowing that You Matter’

Westfield High presents timely play, ‘Anon(ymous)’

Westfield High’s play, “Anon(ymous),” brings the immigrant experience home by focusing on what happens after a mother and daughter coming to the U.S. are separated when their boat capsizes at sea. Neither knows if the other survived, but they never lose hope.

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‘What We’re Actually Doing Is Improving People’s Lives’

Breaking ground for Route 28 widening.

ribbon cut on Rt 28

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Two Local Firefighters Look Back at 9/11

At the Pentagon, ‘You were a part of history.’

Pentagon

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Donna Teepe: Memories and Moving On

Centreville 9/11 widow, five years later.

9/11

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Hot Cars Sizzle in the Summer Sun

Car Show

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Fair Lakes Townhouse Fire Displaces Four

Fire officials say an early morning fire in Fair Lakes displaced four people and caused an estimated $463,375 in damages to the home involved.

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‘We’ve Been Doing God’s Work with Our Hands’ in Fair Oaks

King of Kings Lutheran Church celebrates 50 years.

The past, present and future united during the 50th anniversary celebration of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Fair Oaks.

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Centerpointe Church to Build in Centreville

BZA approves plans for place of worship, childcare center

A new church is coming to Centreville.

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