Member News (6/20/19): Pilot building to be sold, a former Daily Press editor dies, new faces, new digital offers and more

By |2019-06-21T16:16:10+00:00June 21st, 2019|

Virginian-Pilot building to be sold

The historic building in downtown Norfolk that has been the home of the Virginian-Pilot for the last 82 years will be put on the market for sale in the coming weeks, the Pilot’s owner, Tribune Publishing Co., announced late last week.

Company officials said the Pilot’s staff will be relocated to a more modern work place in the “same general area” of Norfolk. The company is also planning on selling the Pilot’s distribution center but will not sell the paper’s production facility.

The Pilot has been in the building at 150 W. Brambleton Ave since October 1937.

Former Daily Press editor dies

Karen Morgan, who worked at the Daily Press for almost forty years, died last Saturday at her home in Charleston, S.C.

Morgan, 63 and a native of Radford, Va., spent her entire professional career in newspapers. She started at New River Newspapers Inc. in 1975 and joined the Daily Press in 1978, where she would stay until her retirement from the paper in 2015.

Her daughter, Jessica Diana, told the Daily Press that “print journalism was the love” of her mother’s life.

At the Daily Press, Morgan worked in a variety of roles. She served as a reporter, copy editor, team leader and as deputy assigning editor.

“Karen had a great presence–a pro who could do anything in her own unique way,” said Ryan Gilchrest, managing editor for the Daily Press and Virginian-Pilot. “She was quick to share a wry laugh or lend a hand, endearing and empathetic. We miss her.”

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gage Hall Unitarian Church Fellowship, 4 Archdale St. in Charleston, S.C. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center, to Planned Parenthood or to a another charity of choice.

Style Weekly photographer to have work displayed in new exhibition

Scott Elmquist, longtime photographer for Style Weekly, will soon have works displayed in a new exhibition that focuses on individuals whose lives have been affected by gun violence.

The multimedia exhibition “I AM HERE” will open June 28 and run through June 30 at Canvas (3108 Semmes Ave.) in Richmond.

Elmquist will have two decades worth of portraits on display in the exhibit. His photos feature Richmond residents who have been directly impacted by gun violence and residents who have organized against gun violence and attempted to but an end to it.

The exhibition will open Friday at 6 p.m. at Canvas with a panel featuring Elmquist and community organizer Allan-Charles Chipman.

RTD launches sports-only subscription option

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has launched a new digital subscription option for avid sports fans.

Earlier this month, the paper introduced Sports +. The new offer gives readers unlimited access to all RTD’s sports coverage on Richmond.com and the RTD mobile app.

Subscribers will pay $0.99 cents for their first month and $6.99 each month after. A year subscription can also be purchased for $59.99.

Former Cavalier Daily editor joins Herald Courier

Tim Dodson, former editor at the Cavalier Daily, has joined the staff of the Bristol Herald Courier as a reporter.

“I’ve lived in Charlottesville for most of my life, so I’m looking forward to learning more about communities in southwest Virginia and east Tennessee,” Dodson wrote on Twitter.

Dodson started working at the Herald Courier earlier this month. He previously worked for Charlottesville Tomorrow and the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

News Leader hires new government reporter

The News Leader in Staunton has added a new reporter to its ranks.

Claire Mitzel joined the News Leader this week to begin working as the paper’s new government watchdog reporter.

Mitzel is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, where she majored in investigative reporting and political science. She is a native of Southwest Virginia.

She is on Twitter @c_mitzel.