Roger Chesley

Roger Chesley

Longtime columnist and editorial writer Roger Chesley worked at the (Newport News) Daily Press and The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot from 1997 through 2018. He previously worked at newspapers in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Detroit. Reach him at [email protected]


Virginia’s largest city joins an ever-expanding, grisly list

By: - June 2, 2019

Virginia Beach, with its 450,000 people, typically boasts of its stellar public schools, miles-long sandy Oceanfront, high median household income and the Navy’s East Coast master jet base. Native son and entertainer Pharrell Williams put the place on the global map just a few weeks ago, when he hosted a jam-packed, widely lauded festival. This […]


Unfortunately, getting old means fighting off the scammers

By: - May 29, 2019

It’s easy to think we’d never get taken for a chump the way septuagenarian Judy Fern was — to the tune of nearly $200,000. Phone scammers convinced the woman in November 2017 to turn over access to her computer. Then, these so-called “tech support experts” persuaded Fern she needed to buy dozens of scratch-off gift […]


Amid tech advances, say ‘yes’ to due process

By: - May 22, 2019

Police in the Big Apple use every technique at their disposal – including DNA – to solve horrendous crimes in the nation’s largest city. Even when New York’s cops play fast-and-loose with the constitutional rights of residents. Even when they conduct large “fishing expeditions” that lead to legitimate allegations of racially biased policing. In this […]


How a music star helped Virginia’s largest city solve a beach weekend headache

By: - May 5, 2019

Virginia Beach officials, just about now, should be planning a statue for music impresario Pharrell Williams right near the ocean. The frequent Grammy winner and Virginia Beach native solved an excruciating headache for leaders of the commonwealth’s largest city: How should they respond when tens thousands of — mostly black — college students flock to […]