Some personal news: I was laid off from Courthouse News. Not for performance but over a dispute re: my compensation. I enjoyed my time here covering the White House, Congress and the courts at such a critical juncture in history. So, if seeking a DC beat reporter, DMs are open!
I sincerely did not want this outcome because I was genuinely happy to work for CNS as hard I did for as long as I did.
I am going to take a day. But in the coming days, I will post some of my work here and I hope while this door was closed, as they say, a new window opens.
Thank you, my readers, so much for following me, for following my former masthead and for allowing me to do what I love: sharing the news with you so you can make up your own mind about what matters and why.
I received severance for my time here and for that I am grateful.

Now, onward and upward.
Thanks again to everyone for the support today.
Despite telling me I would have plenty of time to gather my resources and complete my portfolio this week, CNS cut my email on Tuesday, and now I can only correspond through my personal email. If you need to reach me, please remember to do so through here for now.
I will not receive any emails sent to Virginia at courthousenews dot com, but you can DM me here to request my personal email.
A mistake was made and now access is restored. If you tried reaching me at my CNS email and I did not respond, you can try again in case it was lost in the cracks.
Will have my professional site (where you can contact me for pitches and more) up soon!

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