October 1, 2012 | Volume 87, Number 24
CV hires new Hampton Roads correspondents
T he Catholic Virginian has hired two women who will handle coverage of news stories and features for the Hampton Roads area of the diocese. This new arrangement is designed to strengthen coverage in this important area where almost half the Catholic population of the Diocese of Richmond lives.
Jennifer Neville, who lives in Yorktown where she is a member of St. Joan of Arc Parish, will be Hampton Roads West correspondent and will be concentrating on news from parishes and Catholic schools in the area west of the Hampton Roads Tunnel. This will include the area of Newport News, Hampton, Yorktown, Gloucester, Williamsburg and Norge.
CA Rhoades, who lives in Norfolk and is a member of Christ the King Parish, will have the position of Hampton Roads East correspondent and will be responsible for news and features in the area east of the Tunnel. This area will include Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, the Eastern Shore and Suffolk.
Both will have part-time positions and will work from their home. Contact information can be found in a box on the Contact Us page.
The Catholic Virginian is grateful to Sandy Grecco who, for the past four years, served ably as Hampton Roads correspondent. She has taken a full-time job and was unable to continue as correspondent.
Jennifer Neville, who grew up in Virginia Beach and graduated from Kellam High School, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Radford University with majors in journalism and German.
She has extensive experience in news reporting and public relations. She previously worked as general assignment reporter for The New-Virginian in Waynesboro and had a part-time temporary job as reporter with the Daily Press in Newport News.
Other jobs included public relations assistant with the Virginia State Bar in Richmond, information officer with the Division of Public Health (Virginia Women, Infants and Children Program known as WIC), and free-lance writer for The Montgomery Advertiser of Montgomery, Alabama.
Mrs. Neville currently is a reporter with www.examiner.com, a website that specializes in news and lifestyle articles. She writes on the greater Norfolk area on topics which include mental health, upcoming events and sports.
She is married and has three children.
CA Rhoades, who grew up in New York state, graduated from St. Bonaventure University in western New York (Allegany) in 2008 with a B.A. in Spanish and later pursued graduate studies for theology and catechetics at Franciscan University of Steubenville.
She currently is a private tutor to high school students in English, Spanish and Latin.
She was a volunteer teacher at Christ the King Primary School in Nakura, Kenya during the summer of 2007. She taught academic, music and recreational lessons to students in grades 1-6.
She later taught Spanish to 7th and 8th grade students at Bishop John King Mussio Junior High School in Steubenville, Ohio.
During this year’s diocesan Youth Conference, she spoke on chastity to 9th and 10th grade girls. She had not been scheduled to speak, but was asked to do so at the last minute when the original speaker was unavailable.
Mrs. Rhoads is married to Rocky Rhoades, youth minister at Christ the King Parish in Norfolk. She and her husband have a two-year-old daughter, Gemma Therese.