My name is Susan Larson, and I am the new editor of Fredericksburg Patch. I've worked for Patch since August 2010, first as a freelance writer and photographer for Lorton Patch, then as local editor of Burke Patch and Fairfax Station Patch.
My journalism career began in high school, when I wrote for my hometown paper in Illinois, The Addison Leader. While working on my B.A. in Broadcast Journalism at Trinity University in San Antonio, I DJed a jazz show on KRTU Radio. In addition, I worked on the remote television crew for NBC at KMOL-TV, running camera for live events including the Today Show's week in San Antonio, the annual Fiesta Parade and Jerry Lewis' Labor Day telethon.
After college, I continued to work for KMOL, floor directing and operating camera for studio news. I also worked for CBS at WOAI Radio, covering City Council and general assignments.
After joining the public relations firm of Dublin, McCarter and Associates, I served as the spokesperson for the National Coalition to Reduce Car Crash Injuries, travelling to promote seat belt laws in every state, and a national law requiring air bags in cars. We were successful.
I earned a Master's degree in from the University of South Carolina's College of Mass Communications and Information Studies in an online cohort, then worked several years as a youth services librarian, a branch manager and a manager in Fairfax County Library's internet services department.
Providing library services online and promoting them via social media, combined with my media background, were the perfect segue to Patch.
My free time is often spent with my horse Calvin. I love many outdoor activities, especially those which involve snow.
I'm looking forward to getting to know the city, and making it my home. Please introduce yourself when you see me around town.