Leaving Virginia. Again.

BY: - July 25, 2022

On a sticky Sunday afternoon in August 1997, my dad and I parked along Jamestown Road in Williamsburg and got out for a brief, self-guided tour of William and Mary’s old campus. A dreamy, humid haze hung over the deserted place, with the Sunken Gardens and sylvan brick paths lush and late-summer green.  I said […]


A full journalism life isn’t just a destination; it’s celebrating those you meet on the journey

BY: - June 20, 2022

He was a gregarious lad fresh out of Hampden-Sydney with a sunny smile, speaking a mile-a-minute and full of curiosity. Jonathan would have blended into the diffuse background of the 2001 governor’s race as far as Virginia’s senior political correspondents at the time were concerned but for the fact that, at seemingly every stop, he […]

New editor to lead Virginia Mercury

BY: - June 8, 2022

Sarah Vogelsong, an award-winning energy and environment reporter, has been named the next editor in chief of the Virginia Mercury, a nonprofit news outlet in Richmond covering Virginia government, politics and policy. Robert Zullo, who oversaw the site’s launch in 2018, is leaving the helm at the end of the summer for a new national […]

Virginia Mercury wins top awards at press competition

BY: - April 28, 2022

The Virginia Mercury won nine first-place awards and health and education reporter Kate Masters was recognized as Virginia’s outstanding young journalist in the Virginia Press Association’s contest for 2021. Judges said Masters, 28, “provided readers with insightful, revealing coverage of what remained the story of the year — the COVID-19 pandemic,” using data to hold […]

Citing FOIA exemptions, the Youngkin administration is withholding hundreds of pages of documents

BY: - March 23, 2022

Since Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s inauguration in January, the Mercury has made more than half a dozen Freedom of Information Act requests related to some of his biggest policy decisions, from revised guidance on masking in schools to a report on “divisive concepts” in K-12 education. The governor’s office and multiple state agencies have withheld hundreds […]

Delegate responds with poop emoji after prison officials complain about news coverage

BY: - February 16, 2022

The Virginia Department of Corrections issued an unusual news release Wednesday complaining about a news story published nearly two weeks ago by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The article had described how lawmakers voted down legislation that would have created a layer of independent oversight over the department. Prison officials complained in their release that the article […]

Proposed license plate honoring crusading African American paper clears Senate

BY: - February 15, 2022

A new license plate could be added this summer to the more than 250 options Virginians can choose from if the House of Delegates passes and the governor signs a bill to introduce the design commemorating a newspaper founded by emancipated men. The bill to create a license plate in honor of the Richmond Planet […]

The Richmond Times-Dispatch's downtown office building. (Ned Oliver/Virginia-Mercury)

Don’t let a predatory company weaken local news coverage even more in Virginia

BY: - December 1, 2021

It’s no surprise journalists at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and other newspapers around the country are fighting a takeover bid by Alden Global Capital. It’s one of the most rapacious hedge funds targeting the media industry today, and its arrogant executives have proven they don’t care a whit about the carnage they unleash on communities. Writers, […]

Mercury reporter wins prestigious environmental reporting award

BY: - August 5, 2021

The Mercury’s Sarah Vogelsong took first-place honors in a prestigious contest that recognizes outstanding environmental journalism. Vogelsong won first-place in the “Outstanding Explanatory Reporting, Small” category in the Society of Environmental Journalists’ Awards for Reporting on the Environment contest. The winning entry was “Virginia’s Clean Energy Transition,” a five-part series on the landmark Virginia Clean […]


Memorial Day memories: courage of war correspondents allowed tales of soldier sacrifice to be told

BY: - May 31, 2021

By Michael Bugeja I never fought in the Vietnam War. I joined United Press International, a worldwide wire service, in 1975 at the end of that conflict. My heroes were UPI war correspondents — Leon Daniel, Kate Webb and Joseph L. Galloway. Daniel was a friend. He died in 2006. Webb was a role model […]

Virginia Mercury wins honors in press competition

BY: - April 30, 2021

The Virginia Mercury took nine first-place awards and one of its journalists earned a top individual honor in the 2020 Virginia Press Association competition. Mercury reporter Ned Oliver was named the year’s outstanding journalist for his work covering how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Virginia’s most vulnerable people. That included stories about prisoners, workers who lost […]

An investigative outlet sets its sights on Sentara

BY: - April 6, 2021

Editor’s note: On June 4, The Washington Post reported that Tigercomm, a PR firm that provides “strategic support” to Checks & Balances Project and shares office space with it, had received payment from Eastern Virginia Medical School before it started writing stories about Sentara. Those payments eventually totaled $150,000. Checks & Balances has received payments […]