We’re interested in solutions.  We look at the issues facing groups across the Commonwealth and don’t just ask why, but what needs to happen in order to fix them. It’s not enough to talk about Alexandria’s flooding problems and what caused them. City residents need to know how it’ll all be fixed. That’s where we come in. We’re not focused only on breaking news. For us, being right is more important than being first with a story. We want to do more than just highlight issues. We want to point toward solutions and what can be done. 

We also want to share Virginia’s cultures, traditions and highlight all of the groups that make up the Commonwealth as a whole. Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many different people call Virginia home, with different celebrations and events. We want to share all of that. As the number of local news outlets declines in Virginia and across the country and the amount of digital information surges, it’s hard to know where to turn. We want to fill the gap – and your social feeds – with content that is thoughtful, engaging, inspiring and motivating. 

We’ll bring you the story behind the story and explore how our readers’ lives are impacted by the news of the day. Our reporting is honest, to-the-point and in the service of our readers.

Connect with us at info@vadogwood.com.


Brian Carlton

Managing Editor

Brian is Dogwood’s managing editor, resident hiker and one curious cat. A nine-time Virginia Press Awards winner, he’s worked in media for the past 20 years, with bylines in BBC Travel and the Associated Press, among others. The North Carolina native has called Virginia home since 2013, first managing the Waynesboro News Virginian and later its sister paper, the Martinsville Bulletin, before leaving the newspaper industry. He and his wife Anna now live in Henry County with their dog Nugget. 

Megan Schiffres

Associate Editor

Megan is Dogwood’s assistant editor. They are a graduate of VCU, a two-time Virginia Press Association awards winner, and a hard-hitting journalist with an interest in using journalism to uncover inequities and hold public officials accountable. They enjoy performing as their drag alter-ego Interro Bang, working on their historical gender-bending podcast History Is A Drag, and cuddling their three cats.

Amie Knowles

Staff Reporter 

Amie is an adventure seeker, travel lover and animal cuddler (except when it comes to alpacas). She loves writing and exploring the world with her husband, Kody, and two-year-old son, Colton. If she’s not stationed in a local coffee shop, she’s likely out antiquing, bringing home vintage treasures of times gone by.

Arianna Coghill

Content Producer 

Arianna Coghill is a content producer for Dogwood. A recent VCU journalism grad, she’s been writing for four years with bylines in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press. Currently living in Richmond, she’s happily called the state’s capital her home for five years.