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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Passion to Help People in Need

Sen. Mark Warner visits WFCM’s food pantry in Chantilly.

Nonprofit Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) serves 4,500 residents in nine western Fairfax County ZIP codes. With the community’s support, in FY 22 it provided nearly 1 million pounds of food, equal to more than 458,745 meals.

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Temple Expansion Proposed in Chantilly

Rajdhani Mandir wants to enlarge its temple in Chantilly.

Rajdhani Mandir wants to enlarge its temple in Chantilly.

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‘You Deserve Success’

Class of 2023 graduates from Mountain View High.

Class of 2023 graduates from Mountain View High.

Centreville, Chantilly, Westfield Nominated for Cappies

Centreville, Chantilly, Westfield Nominated for Cappies

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Lidl Touts Freshness, Variety and Lower Prices

Customers delighted with new Lidl store in Chantilly.

Customers delighted with new Lidl store in Chantilly.

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Sexual Assault, Attempted Robbery Suspect Sought

Sexual Assault, Attempted Robbery Suspect Sought

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Temple Seeks Expansion

Rajdhani Mandir wants to enlarge its temple in Chantilly.

Rajdhani Mandir wants to enlarge its temple in Chantilly.

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Honoring Long Hours and Late Nights

Fairfax County dignitaries fete Jim Hart and Pete Murphy.

Fairfax County dignitaries fete Jim Hart and Pete Murphy.

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Pham Now Charged with Federal Crime

Man allegedly assaulted two Connolly staffers.

Man allegedly assaulted two Connolly staffers.

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‘Her Addiction Led to Her Incredibly Bad Decisions’

Health aide sentenced for stealing children’s medications.

Health aide sentenced for stealing children’s medications.

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