What We Cover
Comprehensive and trusted local coverage of Fredericksburg, VA. Featuring news and events, business listings, discussions, announcements, photos and videos.
Meet Your Local Patch Team
Susan Larson, Editor
Susan Larson is a writer and photographer who moved to Fredericksburg from Northern Virginia in November 2012. She previously worked as editor of Burke Patch and Fairfax Station Patch. She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists.
Larson began her journalism career in high school, writing for her local community newspaper, The Addison Leader. At Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in music. She also studied photography with Life photo-journalist Diane Gentry, and has many published photos.
Larson worked for WOAI (CBS) News Radio, and hosted a weekly jazz program on KRTU Radio. She then worked on the production crew for KMOL (NBC) Television. When the Today Show broadcast live from the Riverwalk, Larson was behind one of the cameras.
In 2006 Larson earned a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina online cohort, and had a tenure providing online library services and social media for Fairfax County Public Library.
Susan loves animals, and spends most of her free time riding her horse.
Greg Hambrick, Contributor, Editor
I'm a graduate of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I have more than 10 years experience covering Lowcountry communities, including years covring Beaufort and Charleston. I began working with Patch in 2011 as a local editor in Goose Creek, S.C., before moving in 2012 to become an associate regional editor in Northern Virginia.
My reporting has won awards from the South Carolina Press Association for beat reporting, feature and profile writing, and enterprise stories.
Todd Richissin, Contributor, Editor
I am the Seniore Regional Editor for Virginia/DC at Patch.com.
Jessie Biele, Contributor, Editor
A native New Yorker, Jessie Biele attended Purchase College and graduated in 2008 with a double major in journalism and women's studies. Biele was a contributor for the student-run weekly, The Purchase Independent and The Dispatch, the journalism department's monthly. After funding for The Dispatch was cut, she joined her fellow journalism majors to start The Brick, the college's student-run news website. Her work has been published in The Long Island Advance, The Suffolk County News, The Islip Bulletin, and AmStat, the American Statistical Association magazine. She lives in Alexandria and is a graduate student in the Public Communication master's degree program at American University. This self-described foodie enjoys running, playing the flute, biking, volunteering, dancing, trips to the beach, and loves to take advantage of all that Northern Virginia — and Mount Vernon — has to offer.
Gresham Harkless, Sales
Mutts Matter Rescue, Contributor, Blogger
Mutts Matter Rescue is a nonprofit, all-volunteer based rescue organization. We work in conjunction with shelters and other organizations to help save dogs on death row, strays on the street, and dogs in unsafe living conditions. We primarily adopt in the VA, MD, and DC region, but rescue dogs from all over the East Coast.
Bea Gale, Contributor, Blogger
David Driver, Contributor
David Driver has covered all levels of sports in Maryland for more than 15 years, from rec sports to high school to college and the pros. He has worked for community newspapers in Laurel, Howard County and Northern Virginia, was the first sports editor of the daily Baltimore Examiner and was a copy editor for the Prince George's Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or through his website.
Kara Hunt, Contributor
A graduate from the College of William and Mary, Kara Hunt majored in both English and Religious Studies. While at the College, Kara took several workshop style classes in both journalism and non-fiction writing. After college, she returned to her hometown of Fredericksburg and began writing for Patch in January 2011.
What is Patch?
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Who's Behind Patch?
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Where You Come In
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You can't truly serve a community unless you provide the help it needs most, which is why giving back is so important to us. We do it as part of our coverage — in a dedicated space that lets local charities and volunteers find each other — and with a program called "Give 5," through which we donate advertising space to charitable organizations and contribute our own time as volunteers. Want to know more? Email us at email@example.com.
Phil Meyer is Professor Emeritus in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame in Journalism in the spring of 2008. He joined the Journalism School in 1981 and served as Knight Chair in Journalism Professor from 1993-2008. Prior to joining the school, he held a number of reporter and research positions at various media outlets.
He has won numerous awards including the 2005 Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Award for Research About Journalism (with Scott Maier). He was named a Fellow of Society of Professional Journalists in 2005. In 2004, the Newspaper Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication gave him its Professional Freedom and Responsibility Award. And in 2000 he received the American Association for Public Opinion Research Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.
Meyer is the author of several books including The Vanishing Newspaper: Saving Journalism in the Information Age and Precision Journalism: A Reporter’s Introduction to Social Science Methods. Journalism Quarterly in 2000 listed this book as one of the 35 significant books of the 20th century in journalism and mass communication; and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, observing its 50th anniversary in 1996, listed it as one of 50 significant books on public opinion research.
He received his B.S. in technical journalism from Kansas State University and his M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina.
Steven Berlin Johnson is a pioneer in the web world, as a co-founder of FEED, Plastic.com, and Outside.in, which was acquired by Patch in March of 2011. He also co-created Findings.com, which launched in late 2011. Steven was the 2009 Hearst New Media Professional-in-Residence at The Journalism School at Columbia University, and served for several years as a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU’s Journalism School. He is a bestselling author of seven books, and won acclaim and a Newhouse School Mirror Award for his 2010 Time Magazine cover story, "How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live."
Speaking of Steven's editorial prowess, check out this video based on Steven's book, Where Good Ideas Come From, which was named one of the best books of 2010 by The Economist.
Brian Farnham, Founding Editor-in-Chief
Brian was Editor-in-Chief of Time Out New York magazine before coming to Patch. Before that he worked for a variety of publications both online and off, including Details magazine, New York Magazine, and the old, dearly departed Sidewalk.com. He has written for numerous publications, from the New York Times magazine to Harper's Bazaar. He graduated from Bowdoin College and got an MFA in creative writing at Columbia University so he could put his novel in a drawer with distinction. He lives in Manhattan with his beautiful wife, adorable son, angelic daughter and the world's most dog-like cat. He’s proud as hell of what the Patch team has built.
Ken Paulson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the First Amendment Center
Ken Paulson is president and chief executive officer of the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and in Washington, D.C.
Previously, Paulson served as the editor and senior vice president/news of USA Today. He is now a columnist on USA Today’s board of contributors, writing about First Amendment issues and the news media.
Throughout his career, Paulson has drawn on his background as both a journalist and lawyer, serving as the editor or managing editor of newspapers in five different states.
He also is past-president of the American Society of News Editors, the nation’s largest organization of news media leaders.
Paulson also was the host of the Emmy-honored television program “Speaking Freely,” seen in more than 60 PBS markets nationwide over five seasons, and the author of "Freedom Sings," a multimedia stage show celebrating the First Amendment that continues to tour the nation's campuses.
He was an early advocate of making newspaper content available online, launching online newspapers in both Florida and New York in 1993.
For 12 years, Paulson was a regular guest lecturer at the American Press Institute, speaking to more than 5,000 journalists about First Amendment issues. He was honored with the API Lifetime Service Award. In 2010 and 2011, he served as chair of the PBS Editorial Standards Review Committee.
In 2007, Paulson was named fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, “the highest honor SPJ bestows upon a journalist for extraordinary contributions to the profession.” In 2008, he received the Robert S. Abbott Memorial Award for Meritorious Service in Mass Communications from the Southern Regional Press Institute. He has also been elected to the Illini Publishing Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois.
He is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University Law School. In 2008, he received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from American University.