Susan is the deputy news director who handles assignments and planning by the news staff. She's also a general assignment reporter who began her career at MPBN working at the State House in 1992. Since then she has covered major political and environmental stories, winning national awards for her beat reporting twice from the Society for Environmental Journalists. Her coverage of labor issues, including an investigative series on independent contractors, has also been recognized by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc and by the Associated Press. Susan is a graduate of the University of Montana where she got her first job in public radio news while still a student.

"The Internal Enemy"
5:07 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

UVA's Alan Taylor Takes Second Pulitzer

A University of Virginia Professor is celebrating a rare victory today – winning a Pulitzer prize for the second time. 

Alan Taylor’s latest book – The Internal Enemy -- tells the story of 3,400 slaves who escaped from Virginia and Maryland plantations to British ships off the coast during the War of 1812.

“I found some important documents, including some letters written by these former slaves, telling dramatic stories of their night time escapes, fighting on behalf of the British as marines and sailors and nurses and laundresses and guides and pilots.”  

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Government & Politics
7:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Cantor Agrees - Government could Help Foster Innovation in Start-Ups

Government needs to foster a climate of creativity and technological innovation so that entrepreneurial ideas and start-ups can flourish. That’s the conclusion of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who met Monday with members of a Richmond start-up and tech community that promotes creativity and collaboration.

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Remembering April 16th
4:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

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Virginia Film Office
4:27 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Series is a House of Cards for State Funding Incentives

Credit Netflix.com

The production company behind the popular Netflix series House of Cards has delayed the start of a third season as it waits to see whether the state of Maryland will come up with incentive payments totaling $15 million. 

The show had received $13 million a year in its first two seasons but threatened to leave if Maryland didn’t come up with another $2 million.  The governor proposed taking money from non-profit arts organizations, but the legislature did not agree.  Does that open a door for the state of Virginia or the District of Columbia?

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Remembering April 16th
3:06 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

From Then to Now: An Exhibition in Two Parts

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

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Virginia Public Access Project
1:59 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

VaNews for 04.14.14

In spite of a ruling against it, some Virginia police departments are still using license plate cameras that could allow them to track your car as you travel...and a Second Amendment advocacy group has taken exception to a letter written by a Chesterfield County high school principal.

Those have been among the most read stories this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's  VaNews link on vpap.org.

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Speaking Out
3:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Capitol Square as Public Forum

The ACLU of Virginia wants to prevent a situation like that in 2012 where 31 protesters were arrested for straying outside a designated area on the state's Capitol Square.  The organization is now calling on Governor McAuliffe through a letter to completely revise the regulations that limit citizens from expressing their views to lawmakers and other public officials.

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Mark Cline's Enchanted World
12:59 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Barnum of the Blue Ridge

Some call him Virginia’s own P.T. Barnum.

Mark Cline and his towering roadside attractions are known throughout the state. Maybe you recall his April Fool’s Day Foamhenge Project….or Dinosaur Land in White Post, Virginia.  There’s 75-hundred pound “lady in the lake” now living in Alabama….., and a 9-11 tribute in Waynesboro.

Cline has hundreds of foam and fiberglass figures and characters, many live in Natural Bridge, where his Enchanted Castle studio is located.

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Community of Artisans
8:05 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Photography Exhibit Features Evolution of Charlottesville's Linen Building

Photograph: June Collmer

It’s been said that Americans no longer make anything, but one group of people begs to differ.  A new generation of craftsmen has taken over an old industrial building in Charlottesville, and they’re featured in an exhibit of photography opening tonight. 

Lauren Danley is a surprising woman in a surprising place.  She’s got tattoos on her arms, a bandana on her head and a big smile on her face as she turns up the music and gets down to work at her company  – Metal, Inc. 

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