Giles Morris

Giles Morris grew up the son of a Washington D.C. journalist and a Congressional press secretary and claims to be a fifth generation newsman on his father's side, which is hard to get your head around, but means effectively that working with words is in the blood. Prior to taking the editor-in-chief job at C-VILLE Weekly in July 2011, he learned his trade putting in shifts at the Rhinelander Daily News, the Smoky Mountain News, and the Tuckasegee Reader, an online newspaper he co-founded. Giles has also spent time as a high school English teacher on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and as a community organizer in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and managed to pick up a masters degree from Harvard Divinity School along the way. His many interests include the great outdoors, jogo bonito, American literature, and whooping it up (occasionally).

Kate Hallahan Zuckerman, executive director of Common Ground Healing Arts, leads a meditation session in 2009. Common Ground, one of nine nonprofits that will operate from the Jefferson School City Center when it opens next year, will hold a sit-a-thon fundraiser at the Haven’s sanctuary from 2-4pm, Saturday, July 14. Photo by Ashley Twiggs.

Common Ground kickstarts fundraising campaign with sit-a-thon

When the Jefferson School City Center opens its doors in January, nine nonprofit tenants with overlapping missions in health and education will share the responsibility of making good on the City’s $5.8 million equity investment in the project. Most of them—like the Jefferson Area Board on Aging (JABA) and Piedmont Virginia Community College—have long track records in […]

Jim Harrison.

There’s no ‘I’ in story

A few weeks back I marveled in this column at the clarity of John McPhee’s writing in Coming into the Country, which was written in 1971, the year my older sister was born. McPhee operates as a passive observer in his books, but is almost always intimately connected with his main characters and subject matter. […]

Teresa Sullivan. John Robinson photo.

Don’t I know you? Getting reacquainted with Teresa Sullivan

UVA President Teresa Sullivan grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas until the age of 13, when her family moved to Jackson, Mississippi, where she went on to become valedictorian at St. Joseph’s High School, the first high school in the state to integrate, in 1967. “We were all touched by those times. They were what […]

Top jocks: UVA’s standout athletes of the 2011-2012 season

Top jocks: UVA’s standout athletes of the 2011-2012 season

  Emily Fraser (Photo by Matt Riley) Emily Fraser, named UVA’s top female athlete of 2011-12, earned All-ACC honors for the second time in her career and was selected to compete in the NCAA singles and doubles competition for the second consecutive year. She has a career record of 102-54 in singles competition. Steele Stanwick […]

Editor's Note: Farms and food

 “‘Organic’ has become a label, as it was destined to be. It’s a completely worthless word now. It has been perverted to suit the needs of industrial agriculture.” That from Wendell Berry, one of the fathers of the movement, in a 2008 interview.