New reporter joins Rappahannock Record

Megan Schiffres, a May graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, has joined the Rappahannock Record staff as a general assignment reporter and photographer.

She succeeds Audrey Thomasson of White Stone, who is retiring after serving 10 years as a full-time reporter. Thomasson previously worked part-time at the paper and has indicated an interest in continuing to help occasionally as needed.

Although fresh out of college, Schiffres has attained professional reporting experience through several VCU programs and employment in Richmond while attending classes. She was a reporter during the 2017 General Assembly session for Capital News Service (CNS), a program through which VCU students report on legislation of interest to news outlets around the state. The Record has used the service for many years to keep up with legislation that may affect our readers.

An associate professor at VCU and the editor of CNS, Jeff South, said Schiffres was one of the program’s top journalists last year, producing breaking news and feature stories about numerous issues, sometimes scooping the rest of the statehouse press corps with her “eye for a story…