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 Rita McClenny
Link Rita McClenny

Richmond’s foodie culture and blossoming restaurant scene will get a boost from new matching state grants for tourism marketing.

So will an impending celebration of the 40th anniversaries of the Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion theme parks.

The two tourism projects are among 51 that will receive $773,000 in state grants that local partners will match 2-to-1.

“Today, we’re talking about unleashing $3 million across the commonwealth for tourism marketing initiatives,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice A. Jones.

A dozen legislators from both parties celebrated the grants at a kickoff announcement Wednesday at the General Assembly Building.

The grants range from marketing Southwest Virginia through the movie “Big Stone Gap” to promoting the East Coast Surfing Championships in Virginia Beach. The state also awarded grants for marketing the Virginia Capital Trail, Charles City County tourism, and Route 5 tourist destinations.    Read the entire article.

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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