Virginia’s Journalist of the Year on Leaving His Paper: ‘Time For Us To Go Our Separate Ways’

Reporter John Holland’s tenure at The Virginian-Pilot was a brief but eventful one.


The Boston native with a thick New England accent came to the paper in late 2013 after a few years reporting overseas and, before that, a decade at the South Florida Sun Sentinel. In less than two years he shook up Virginia Beach, won the state press association’s award for Outstanding Journalist of the Year, attracted his share of critics among the local political and business elites, and found himself in the middle of a controversy over claims of management meddling in the newsroom.

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