Please include your name, neighborhood and city, as well as any professional or organizational title that applies to the subject matter within your letter. Letters may be edited for grammar, style and content. The Princess Anne Independent News, P.O. Box 7064, Virginia Beach, VA 23457 

John-Henry Doucette, editor and publisher

John began his reporting career as an enlisted journalist in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a freelance journalist in New York and as a reporter at newspapers in New York and Virginia before founding The Independent News in 2015. He lives with his family in Back Bay. He is a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan.  (757) 502-5393

Regular Contributors:

Margie Burke/The Puzzle Syndicate [puzzles]

Lisa Versprille Burkett [columns]

John-Henry Doucette [news, features & photo]

Veni Fields [news & features]

Rick Friday [cartoons]

Joe Heller [cartoons]

David B. Hollingsworth [photo]

Luisa A. Igloria [poetry]

Jane Bloodworth Rowe [news & features]

J.D. “Farmer John” Wilson [columns]

Rabbi Israel Zoberman [essays & book reviews]


Rita Ann Bell

Anne Bright 

Lauren Calcutt

Vicki Cronis-Nohe

Bill Curtis

Staci Dennis

Jimmy Frost

Kenneth Harris

Barbara Henley

Rick Hite

J.R. Hoeft

Denise Finkbeiner Holden

Angela Hurni

Adam Jones

Karen Beardslee Kwasny

Heather P. Lee

Christopher Mele

Janet Yarbrough Meyer

Ben Montgomery

Chona Santander O’Galvin

Amy Poulter

Randall Pritchett

Noah Renn

Linda Russell

Lorraine SantaLucia

Shelly Slocum

Julie Taylor

Bill Tiernan

Missouri Vaughan

The Rev. Walt Whitehurst

Josh Whitener

Ty Willis

Meshell Woliver

Special Contributors

Essays and creative works by a variety of authors from “The Us Project,” an occasional series of works on a topic, can be found via this link.

6 thoughts on “Newsroom

  1. How do I subscribe electronically? Love that I can get news that is focused on my area of Virginia Beach!

  2. Hi, Lisa. This is John, the editor. We’re primarily in print now, at about 40 locations, and our first issue comes out today. This listing of locations is under “Find Us” above. Please follow us on Facebook for electronic stories. They’re generally post over time after the print edition comes out. Please email me at if you need additional information. I hope you’ll keep reading.

  3. Good afternoon my name is John Murray and I am the CEO of Families First of Virginia. I am contacting you because my agency is looking for homes in your community for children who have been abused and neglected. These children are from your community and it is important they continue to attend the same school until they can return home or be adopted. I am in great need of families who can provide a home with support by my agency. These families can offer weekend support, short-term placements, long-term placements and even adopt, all depending what each family has to offer. Each family receives support from my agency and financial support while child is in the home. I offer free training for the community and would love to have an opportunity to discuss this further. I can be reached by phone at 689-3818 extension 102. Or by email

  4. I would like to send in an article about VA beach and her trees, we need a job opening in the city government for a technician. Thank you Mr barry Knight for all that PORK. BKFAST IS ready NOW. CITY PORK OR COUNTY BACON YES I SAID BACON.

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