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Who We Are
Hello, I’m Uriah Kiser, an entrepreneurial journalist whose worked in television and newspapers and later found a love for reporting on the web. I launched my own company, Potomac Local Media it’s its founding website PotomacLocal.com in 2010, to cover my hometown.
We’ve since expanded and now reach nearly 50,000 readers each month through our digital platforms, and we focus on local, community, can’t get it anywhere else news, information, and events. Ripe for local advertisers, we provide small businesses in our community a cost-effective, targeted advertising and marketing option for reaching a locally engaged audience.
Here’s some other stuff about me you might find interesting:
– I have nearly 15 years of journalism experience.
– I’m the recipient of the Virginia Press Association’s 2012 1st Place Government Reporting Award.
– Our website, PotomacLocal.com, was named Virginia’s #1 online-only news website, as judged by its peers at the Virginia Press Association.
– In addition to producing PotomacLocal.com, I worked as freelance journalist at NBC 4 in Washington where my stories appeared on the station’s website NBCWashington.com.
– Prior to writing for NBC, I covered breaking news, transit issues, police, fire and rescue at News & Messenger newspaper and its companion website Insidenova.com in Prince William County, Va. While there, I covered the execution of Washington, D.C. area sniper John Allen Mohammed, covered the election and inauguration of President Barack Obama and many other community stories.
– While writing, reporting and producing for Mills TV, I was the recipient of a Telly Award for outstanding feature reporting in 2002.
– I also had the pleasure of reporting for News Channel 8 in Washington and their 68/98 Student Stories series, and working at WVVA-TV in Bluefield, WVa as a studio technician in my younger years.
Mary has worked with several publications including News & Messenger, Stafford County Sun and Insidenova.com.
She has been with Potomac Local from the start and loves covering the Potomac communities.
When it comes to shooting news, sports, features or anything else, she always looks to capture emotion in every photo she takes.
A longtime area resident, she currently lives with her husband in Stafford County.
If you would like to purchase a copy of any of our photos, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictures can be made available as a print or high resolution download without our logo.
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Laura Cirillo is one of the few “Potomac Locals,” born and raised and still residing in the Northern Virginia area. Before obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish at George Mason University, Laura delivered newspapers as a child with her younger brother, and later worked in the Circulation Department at the Manassas News & Messenger.
Laura writes the “Slug Tales” column on PotomacLocal.com, Laura admits the newspaper ink still runs in her blood.
Whether slugging in cars or riding the bus, Laura knows commuting is always more fun on Northern Virginia’s High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, avoiding rush hour madness and catching a power nap along the way. She enjoys sharing her daily adventures in the slug lines, and keeping her fellow commuters updated on all things traffic-related.
Laura lives in Prince William County with her fiancé and their dogs, Luigi and Mason, and commutes to work daily in Washington, D.C.
KJ Mushung is a reporter and copy editor for PotomacLocal.com who actually likes going to local government meetings and reading the public works reports.
Mushung has over a decade of experience working for newspapers, magazines, radio and television.
Don’t worry, no one else can pronounce the name right either.
Stephanie Tipple is a New England native, student and freelance journalist, writing about local news, lifestyle features and fashion columns for PotomacLocal.com, Prince William Living Magazine, NOVA Fortnightly and USA TODAY.
She is obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Mary Washington, before attending law school for public policy law.
Stephanie is involved in the community as a member of the AAUW, as well as running her own marketing and writing solutions business. She enjoys writing, reading and getting her entertainment fix from Netflix. She plans to remain a resident in the Potomac Communities and hopes to move into a career in public policy.
Al Alborn is a political activist, wildlife Conservationist, and blogger. He has been blogging on public policy and technology for the past five years.
After a 22-year career in the Army that included seven years in the Far East and five in Europe, Alborn transitioned to the private sector. He has worked for several Fortune 500 Companies to include GE, Texas Instruments, and SAIC. After leaving SAIC as a Vice President & Division Manager, Al worked with a couple of start-ups as a “C” Level/VP and eventually started his own company.
Alborn is active in Prince William County Government. He has been a member of four budget committees as well as the 2008 and 2012 PWC Strategic Planning Teams. Al is a graduate of the Leadership Prince William Program and the Prince William County Police Department Citizens Police Academy. He is also a Charter Founding Member of the Prince William Chamber of Commerce.
Alborn’s blog posts have been picked up by several local and national news outlets (including PotomacLocal.com) and have occasionally evolved into front-page news stories.
Alborn lives with his Wife and Daughter in Prince William County’s Semi-Rural Residential Area, in a log cabin, within walking distance of the Occoquan River.