Hello from Henrico’s new education reporter


Anna Bryson

Anna Bryson

After spending six hours sitting on the grassy shoulder of I-95 with my cat and a broken down moving truck, I’ve made it to Henrico. 

I moved here last week from Sarasota, Fla. to take on this role as education reporter for the Henrico Citizen. I’ll be covering a wide variety of education topics, with a special focus on educational equity, through the lenses of race, geography, social class and economy, among others. 

I was born and raised in Florida — a sunny place for shady people, as the saying goes. I’m already impressed by the warmth and hospitality of Henrico, and I’m looking forward to building a relationship with the community. I’m a corps member with Report For America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms to report on under-covered issues and communities. 

When I’m not writing, you can find me rollerblading down the Virginia Capital Trail training for my next inline marathon, doing yoga, or playing with my cat Mimi. 

I’ve covered crime, courts and local politics in Southwest Florida, but education reporting is my passion because I believe it’s one of the most important beats in news. 

I love reporting on education — dissecting funding formulas, sitting in on classroom lessons, and explaining with enthusiasm to my bewildered roommate the political machinations at play during a school board meeting.

I believe that the most meaningful stories come not in monthly meetings, but from talking with the people at the core of education: students, parents and teachers. That’s why I want to get to know all of you and hear your stories. Please reach out to me with your stories, tips, or just to say “hello.” I can be reached at [email protected] or you can find me on Twitter @AnnaBryson18

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