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Catherine Komp

Articles by Catherine Komp

Film Festival Documentary Explores Virginia’s Food Deserts

Across Virginia, hundreds of thousands are affected by food deserts which are defined as urban neighborhoods or rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. Filmmaker Jesse Vaughan explores both the problem and solutions in his film, “Living in a Food Desert.” Iria Gomez, an intern at 88.9 WCVE, filed this report.

Interview with Filmmaker Jesse Vaughan

Award-winning filmmaker Jesse Vaughan began his career in the news department of WTVR-TV6 in Richmond and at the age of 22, was hired by NBC where he directed the Jesse Jackson Show for Quincy Jones Entertainment, and America’s Black Forum with Julian Bond.

He also worked on NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, the Charlie Rose Show, and the McGlaughlin Group.

At MTV, he directed music programs featuring Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder, Paula Abdul, Melissa Etheridge and Steve Winwood.

He directed the TV series “In Living Color” and the 2002 feature film “Juwanna Mann.”

Made in Church Hill: Curated by Community

A new exhibit at the Valentine Richmond History Center explores the changing identity of Church Hill, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. As Catherine Komp reports for Virginia Currents, the exhibit was created through a unique collaboration between students, residents, artists and educators.

Learn More: See photos and listen to more oral histories from the Made in Church Hill project at the Valentine Richmond History Center.

Advocates Seek More Mentors for Virginia Youth

January is National Mentoring Month, an initiative that raises awareness about the positive impact of mentoring. One of the largest mentoring organizations, Big Brothers Big Sisters, has connected youth with positive role models for decades. But in many parts of the country, including Central Virginia, there’s not enough mentors to meet the community’s needs. For Virginia Currents, Catherine Komp has more.