vanessa-newVanessa Remmers covers Stafford County government and schools for and The Free Lance-Star.

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Meet Your New Stafford Reporter

Hello, Stafford! My name is Katie Thisdell, and as of last Monday, I’m the new Stafford County reporter for the Free Lance-Star. (For those of you wondering about Jonas Beals, the Stafford reporter for the past three years, he’s now the Sounds Editor for Weekender and covering some news out of the Northern Neck. Check out his music blog Tuned In.)

To start off, you may have questions about who I am:

  1. In May, I graduated from James Madison University, where I double majored in journalism and religion, with a writing minor. Go Dukes!
  2. I interned here at the Free Lance-Star for the summer, was hired part-time to cover Westmoreland County last month, but then because of changes in the newsroom, switched over to Stafford.
  3. My family lives in Roanoke, the Star City of Virginia. My younger sister goes to UVa.
  4. I love to bake. A lot. My roommates used to complain they were going to gain weight because I always left brownies, cupcakes or cookies on our kitchen counter.
  5. I’m also a vegetarian, and I love cooking and eating good food. I have a goal of visiting as many Stafford dining establishments as possible. Any to recommend?
  6. I really, really want a puppy. Currently, I instead have two goldfish.

I’m excited to start learning more about Stafford, and write stories about the county and those of you that live and work here. Feel free to contact me at any time: Email me at, call me at 540/735-1975, ‘like’ my Stafford News FLS Facebook page or follow @StaffordFLS on Twitter.

But enough about me. What should I know about Stafford? Any ideas on places to go, people to meet, stories to look into?