Michael Pope

Virginia Public Radio Reporter

Michael Pope is an author and journalist who lives in Old Town Alexandria. He has reported for NPR, the New York Daily News and the Alexandria Gazette Packet. He has a master's degree in American Studies from Florida State University, and he is a former adjunct professor at Tallahassee Community College. He is the author of four books.

As unemployment claims mount, many people are worried about the future of the Virginia economy.

Cynthia Goldsmith / CDC via AP

The coronavirus crisis is not the first time Virginia has dealt with a major pandemic.

Local governments across Virginia are in the middle of budget season, which has now been complicated by the financial crisis gripping the global markets.


Political campaigns may be on pause right now because of the coronavirus crisis. But all the deadlines for political parties are still on the calendar.

Businesses hit hard by the economic crisis are able to apply for small business disaster loans.