Mallory Noe-Payne

Reporter - Richmond

Mallory Noe-Payne is an award-winning reporter and producer based in Richmond, Virginia. She's done work for NPR's newscast unit, APM's Marketplace and Public Radio International. 

Although she's a native Virginian, she's also worked for public radio in Boston. There, she helped produce stories about higher education, including a nationally-airing series on the German university system.   In addition to working for WGBH, she's worked at WAMU in Washington D.C. She graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in Journalism and Political Science. 

For more frequent updates from Richmond, or occasional commentary on rock climbing and vegetable gardening, you can follow Mallory on Twitter @MalloryNoePayne

Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond will give more resources to community college students, who transfer to the university studying in STEM fields. That’s thanks to a new one-million dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

This week Roanoke City joined a growing list of localities dropping Confederate-related names from public schools. A common argument against name changes has been cost. But localities are still finding a way to pay.

This week, Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor held a series of community meetings on the eviction crisis. One underlying problem -- a lack of affordable housing.  Now some advocates think manufactured homes, also known as mobile homes, could be a part of the solution.

Courtesy of Robert Zullo


In a small office in downtown Richmond the rooms are bare and reporters are working from their cell phones because the landlines haven’t been set up yet. But that hasn’t stopped the small crew of The Virginia Mercury from getting down to work.

A Virginia distillery got some unexpected attention this week when Senator Tim Kaine held up a bottle of its whisky in Congress. He was making a point about the effects of the Trump administration’s trade war.