Stephanie Rochon Memorial NewsroomStephanie was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1965. She was raised in a military family and traveled across the country and overseas before her parents settled in Louisiana. It was at Louisiana State University where she decided she wanted to be a journalist.

After starting off in radio, Stephanie later moved to Texas to begin her career as a television journalist. For five years she worked as a reporter and then an anchor in Austin, Texas. In Texas, she met Jeff, the man who would become her husband.

The couple moved to Richmond in 1999 when Stephanie was hired to anchor the WTVR CBS 6 News. She later became the proud mother of two sons, Miles and Pierce.

Below are some links which show how much Stephanie meant to so many people:

WTVR Anchor Stephanie Rochon Passes Away After Battle with Cancer

From Gilpin Court to Carytown, Richmonders Remember Stephanie Rochon

WTVR News Anchor Stephanie Rochon Dies at 50

Richmond TV Journalist Stephanie Rochon Passes Away from Cancer

8News Mourns the Loss of WTVR CBS 6’s Stephanie Rochon

Congratulations To Our Links Sisters, Karen Savage, Liz Hayes-Mackey and Jacqueline McClenney

Congratulations to Link Karen Savage and Link Liz Hayes-Mackey for a wonderful women’s day service at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church!

The Richmond (VA) Chapter was well represented to support our Link sisters on last Sunday.  The highlight of the service was our own, Link Jacqueline S. McClenney, who executed a phenomenal sermon about service.  Kudos to Link Jackie!

Link Marilyn West, 1st Vice President of the Richmond (VA) Chapter is One of the YWCA Outstanding Women Honorees for 2015Marilyn West, founder and CEO of M.H. West Co., has broken through cultural, geographic and gender barriers in her 23 years of management consulting. Her public service has included mentoring and coaching for executives, other professionals, students and at-risk populations. She leads the board of the Black History Museum & Cultural Center and serves on the Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation Board and the advisory board of the Metropolitan Business League.

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Ask Maya Smart when she started reading, and she has a hard time finding an answer.

“I don’t remember not reading,” the 2014 Richmond Christmas Mother said Thursday at Chimborazo Elementary School, where she gave a book to each of the students to encourage them to become readers too.

It’s a step on the way to her personal goal of donating 1,000 books to children while serving as Richmond Christmas Mother, the figurehead for the annual holiday fund sponsored by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

So far, Smart has given out 855 books as part of her own donation to the community.

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Maya Smart

During the 80 years that the Richmond Times-Dispatch has sponsored the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund, readers have donated more than $7.5 million to provide toys, clothing, food and other assistance during the holidays for needy families and children.

This year, in addition to its traditional collaboration with the Salvation Army, the Richmond Christmas Mother Fund has expanded its efforts to serve a broader community through a new partnership with The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia.

A competitive grant initiative called “80 Years-80 Ways” will award at least $80,000 to local organizations for Christmas-related programs and services.

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