On July 18th, 88.9 WCVE Public Radio’s Vice-President Bill Miller, News Director Wayne Farrar and I hosted visitors from Pakistan and the US State Department. Freelance writer and Islamabad radio host Murtaza Solangi, radio executive Zulfiqar Ali Shah and State Department producer Peter Spatharis were here as part of the State Department’s Co-op program which brings international media personnel to the USA to visit media outlets and report on a variety of topics.
Back Roads: People, Places and Pie around Virginia is the collaborative effort of Bob Brown, the award-winning photographer at the Richmond Times-Dispatch and first photojournalist inducted into the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame and Bill Lohmann, a Richmond native who has written for the Richmond Times-Dispatch since 1992. Back Roads’ text is genial, concise and astute, while the photos tell their story in the same succinct, observant manner.
Recently, my friend Julia and I had lunch at a local Latin restaurant. While eating, we discussed how the Richmond area has become more culturally varied in the 23 years we have been friends. We agreed that our lives are enriched by knowing about the food, arts and thought of the distinctive groups who make our area home.
This week the Governor’s School and Campus Safety Task Force heard recommendations on dealing with guns in schools.