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Meet Virginia

There are some 8.7 million people in Virginia. Each one has a story—about their life, their heroes, their hometown.

Each month in 2024, we’ll meet one of these Virginians and hear their story.
  • Teacher Betsy Wood wasn’t always proud of coming from Appalachia. "I had to somehow get a confidence in who I was, my background, what I had to be proud of.”
  • Cindy Patterson is a lifelong Abingdon resident, a natural horsemanship practitioner, and the owner of Black’s Fort Inn.
  • Ajmal Haidari is a former Afghan radio and television personality who now lives in Fredericksburg.
  • Robbie Lawson is a former auto mechanic turned pipe organ builder who’s fashioned a love of working with his hands into an accidental career that’s lasted nearly 30 years.
  • Khalil Samad is the owner of Hill City Cuts on Alleghany Avenue in Lynchburg.