Virginia Brown is a freelance writer based in Columbus, Ohio. Curious by nature, she digs into a range of topics, though she particularly enjoys writing about places and people. On assignment, she has interviewed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, flown in a helicopter over the Pitons of St. Lucia, and shared countless stories in arts and culture, business, food and wine, home and design, and more.

Before moving to the Midwest, she directed communications for the Charlotte Symphony in her hometown, Charlotte, N.C. She has worked as a magazine editor for lifestyle publications, including Where Traveler and Charlotte magazine, and her stories appear in The Washington Post, BBC News Magazine, The Charlotte Observer, The Columbus Dispatch, AAA Traveler, and other publications. She holds a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s from UNC-Chapel Hill. Instagram: vb.writes

All Stories by Virginia Brown

September 21, 2021

At American flag-making outposts, there's work to be done

In times of tranquility or turmoil, production of Stars and Stripes soars – aided, in part, by machinery.

March 16, 2021

Going green, one last time

From cardboard caskets to the absence of harmful chemicals, some people choose to minimize the impact to the environment after they die. It helps to plan ahead.

February 25, 2021

Communities of faith adapt new models to draw members

What attracts young adults to church –and what keeps them coming back? Hint: It’s not social media.

February 22, 2021

Many cultivate rural roots despite racial aggressions

Advantages of small-town living, such as slower pace, ancestral ties and economic opportunities, outweigh harassing incidents and outright rude behavior of some community residents.

February 16, 2021

As rural American music evolves, diversity emerges

The sounds and the artists who make them are eclectic and innovative. And fans can’t get enough of the fresh fusions.