Bonnie Barrineau

Freelance Reporter

Bonnie Barrineau has worked in newspaper, magazine and newsletter publishing for decades. She has been a staff writer or editor for the Montreal Gazette newspaper, the Canadian Press wire service, the Richmond (Va.) News Leader, the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, Duke University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Eastern Mennonite University, and a publisher of corporate newsletters. She has also worked in the Cambridge (UK) advertising department of Science magazine.

Bonnie is currently an adjunct professor at Bridgewater College, teaching conflict transformation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she was editor-in-chief of the daily student newspaper; a master’s degree in conflict transformation from EMU; and a doctor of letters (D.Litt.) from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

Her editorial products have received awards for excellence in contests sponsored by: Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Association of Government Communicators, Canadian Press wire service, and the American Cancer Society. 

Bonnie is married to a lawyer, and they have three adult children. Their youngest is a staff reporter for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. She's been helping Mom make the transition from print journalism to radio.

Bonnie Barrineau

John Handley High School in Winchester just graduated its latest class on Saturday.  Nearly 100 years ago, the city used $1.6 million in private money to create a model education system.  WMRA’s Bonnie Barrineau looks at the lasting impact of that decision on public schools in Winchester, and at how that gift fit into Virginia’s legacy of racial segregation.

Courtesy of Laura Katzman

An exhibition centering on the artwork of Ben Shahn has attracted a stream of visitors to James Madison University.  Shahn advocated for the downtrodden from the 1930s through the 1960s. WMRA’s Bonnie Barrineau reports.