Henrico Citizen

The Henrico Citizen is the independent 19-year-old daily digital hometown news source of Henrico County, Va. – a 330,000-population suburb that surrounds Richmond to the west, north and east and arguably is the true birthplace of the nation. The Citizen’s founder/publisher and managing editor have led the organization since its inception in 2001. Combined, they have nearly 50 years of experience reporting about Henrico – decades more than any other local outlet. They share reporting duties and work with freelance reporters and interns to provide the most thorough coverage of Henrico available.

Rachel Needham

Rachel Needham reports for the Rappahannock News & Foothills Forum in Washington, Virginia, where she covers the changing nature of public services. While attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, she was a reporter for the student newspaper, the Whitman Wire. Her coverage of rural healthcare earned the Hosokawa Journalism Award for News Writing in 2018. Rachel contributed as a fact-checker to author Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s acclaimed book, “The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez,” which documents the consequences of militarization on the US-Mexico border. After earning her B.A. in Environmental Humanities, she moved to New Mexico where she freelanced for Searchlight New Mexico, which promotes independent, investigative journalism. In addition to being a writer, Needham is a wilderness first responder and rock climbing guide.

Rappahannock News & Foothills Forum

News desert? Check. The weekly News is the lone legitimate mainstream print/online outlet. The Rappahannock News has served the 7,300 residents of rural Rappahannock County, Va., since 1949. Its parent company is owned by a group of community investors.