Tysons Reporter’s parent company, Local News Now, is proud to announce three new full-time hires.
These hires, two of which are for newly-created positions, are made possible by a strong recovery in LNN’s advertising business since the depths of the pandemic-induced recession. We were further emboldened to add to our team, despite uncertainty about the economy and the pandemic, by our Patreon community and the support provided by readers.
The new hires will allow us to improve the breadth and depth of our local journalism, while also strengthening our increasingly-popular sponsored content offerings.
Angela Woolsey is joining us as the new Tysons Reporter editor, replacing Catherine Douglas Moran, who is now an Associate Editor at Industry Dive. Angela was formerly a general assignment reporter for the Fairfax County Times.
Jo DeVoe is joining us as a reporter and copy editor for ARLnow and Tysons Reporter. She joins us from Hearst newspapers in Connecticut, including the Greenwich Time, where she primarily reported on education.
Carson Kohler will be joining the team on Nov. 2 as our new Content Marketing Manager, helping advertising clients maximize their sponsored content investment with us and better engage our readers. She is currently a writer with The Penny Hoarder.
Additionally, Scott Fields will be joining us as a part-time contributor, providing coverage for both our Arlington and our Fairfax County sites.
Thank you to our Northern Virginia and D.C. communities for your support and readership. We look forward to continuing to find ways to better serve you.
Tysons Reporter is proud to serve our communities, and we are fortunate to have sponsors that have stuck with us during this tough time.
To give back, starting today we’re using our platform to help local small businesses that might be hurting due to the coronavirus crisis. Any small business in Tysons, McLean, Vienna and Falls Church that would like to get their message in front of our 10,000s of readers can now publish a short Community Post on our homepage and email newsletter free of charge.
Tysons Reporter will be providing this as a free service until we see a substantial recovery in the local economy. We hope it helps connect readers with great small businesses and provides a bit of a boost to the local business community in the process.
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Tysons Reporter will soon have a sister site in Alexandria.
As Washingtonian reported, ALXnow — feel free to call it “Alexandria Now” — will offer “high-tempo online coverage” of “a mix of news about local government, transportation, restaurant openings, and the culture of the neighborhoods it serves.”
Our team is looking forward to providing a fresh look at Alexandria, with more immediate, online-only coverage that is intended for all who live, work or follow happenings in the city. Whether you rent an apartment in Old Town, own a house in the West End, work along Eisenhower Avenue or frequently visit Del Ray, we will be providing coverage that’s relevant and interesting to you.
Make sure to check out the new site when it launches Oct. 1 — the same week as Tysons Reporter’s one-year birthday — for Miles’ witty headlines and detailed civic coverage.
Tysons Reporter has a new local editor, but its former editor is not going far.
Catherine Douglas Moran is taking the reins as the local editor for Tysons Reporter, covering Tysons, McLean, Vienna and Falls Church. A Master’s candidate at George Washington University, which is also her alma mater, Moran most recently served as the interim editor for our sister site Reston Now, while its local editor was on leave.
“I am excited to cover the changes in Tysons and how they will impact the people who live and work in this developing city — from housing to transportation, from the food scene to nightlife,” said Moran. “I am especially looking forward to talking with members of the Tysons, McLean, Vienna and Falls Church communities to hear more about their experiences, visions and concerns.”
Outgoing Tysons Reporter editor Vernon Miles helped to build the site from scratch following its launch last fall to, most recently, nearly 150,000 pageviews and more than 65,000 readers per month. Miles, who’s noted for his detailed civic coverage and penchant for witty headlines, is not going far: he will now serve as senior reporter for Tysons Reporter and our other sister site, ARLnow in Arlington.
“Wait, Scott, am I being demoted?” Miles said in a brief statement. “But no, Scott, I’m covering Tysons. Is this on the record? Please tell everyone that I…”
Please join us in welcoming Catherine!
It’s our second official week of reporting local news for Tysons, McLean and Vienna, and the response so far has exceeded expectations.
Unfortunately, for those who only get our stories via social media, you’re missing out. Algorithms decide what you see on platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and oftentimes that means important local stories don’t make it to your feed.
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To every single person seeing this — thank you for being among the first readers of Tysons Reporter.
In case you just tuned in this week, following our official launch on Tuesday, here are the top 10 articles (in chronological order) you might have missed in the prior weeks.
- Oktoberfest at Tysons Biergarten is running through Oct. 20
- Honeygrow is now open in Tysons
- FCPD investigates racially-charged road rage incident
- Injured and starving dog rescued in Tysons
- Major congestion relief project nears partial opening
- Facebook deleted 1,400 Tysons Reporter email subscribers
- Dramatic rescue via crane from Tysons construction site
- Towers Crescent offers maps and new amenities for bike commuters
- VDOT proposal: improve local traffic by closing Beltway access
- Olive oil store in Tysons mall closes permanently
Also, in case you missed it, we published a trio of article taking a look at the past, present and future of Tysons:
It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, but after months of preparation Tysons Reporter has officially launched.
To celebrate the occasion, we’re holding a low-key launch party tonight (Tuesday) at Tysons Biergarten (8346 Leesburg Pike). All are welcome to stop by between 5-8 p.m., pick up some Tysons Reporter gear, and toast Tysons’ first dedicated, locally-based daily news source.
See you there!
Launch Day for Tysons Reporter — Today is the official launch date for the website you’re reading, Tysons Reporter. Find out more about us here. Have a news tip? Email [email protected] As we do on our sister sites, we’ll be starting most mornings with our “Morning Notes” — links to interesting articles and social media posts around Tysons, McLean and Vienna.
New Dining Options Coming to Tysons — “More dining options are coming to Tysons Corner with the arrival of a new Tex Mex restaurant called Rango’s and a trio of Hawaiian-inspired Pokeworks locations starting next month.” [Eater]
Theater Chain Mulling Tysons Galleria Lease — “Experiential movie theater chain iPic Theaters could soon open its second D.C.-area location at the Tysons Galleria mall.” [Bisnow]
Driver Drives Down W&OD Trail — “A motorist was traveling northbound on Park Street, S.E., on Sept. 18 at 11:54 a.m. and was intending to turn into the parking lot at the Vienna Community Center when the driver mistakenly turned onto the Washington & Old Dominion Regional Trail instead, Vienna police said.” [InsideNova]
Road Closures Near Vienna Community Center — “The Town of Vienna has announced road closures near the community center for repair work during the day this week.” [Patch]
McLean 5K Scheduled Next Month — “The McLean 5K is set for Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8 a.m. This is the tenth time the event has been held in McLean.” [McLean Connection]
Madison HS Teams Awarded Plaques in Vienna — “The Madison High School Women’s Swim and Dive team, Men’s Swim and Dive team, Girls Soccer team, and Softball team were recognized for both their successes in competition and the classroom. Each 2018 team was awarded a plaque by Mayor DiRocco for their accomplishments.” [Twitter]
All are welcome to help us toast the launch of Tysons Reporter on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 5-8 p.m. at the Biergarten (8346 Leesburg Pike). There will be free Tysons Reporter swag for the first 100 people there and you’ll get to enjoy the Biergarten’s ongoing Oktoberfest celebration.
Be sure to let them know at the entrance that you’re there for the launch party and you’ll help to support the local non-profit community.
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Tysons Reporter will officially launch Sept. 25 — and you’re invited to the launch party — but there’s a big problem: some 1,400 people who tried to subscribe to our newsletter from had their info deleted by Facebook before we could import it into our system. The situation is a bit complex, but was explained in greater detail on our Arlington-based sister site, ARLnow.
Bottom line: we need your help us spread the word to anyone in Tysons, McLean or Vienna that if they signed up for the email newsletter via Facebook before June 1, they should sign up again to get their daily dose of local news for Tysons and surrounding communities.
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