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

December 7, 2021

With every stitch, makers of corsets persevere

For those who craft these intricate, prized garments, the pandemic initially stifled business. However, purveyors in this niche have managed to thrive with a renewed outlook for growth.

November 30, 2021

Casinos make dollars and sense for small towns in Colorado

Three rural cities are flush with cash for historic preservation and infrastructure improvements. But with profits came rising property values, along with the loss of landmark buildings and cultural identity.

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.