Jason Barr

Freelance Reporter

Jason Barr is a long-time resident of the Valley.  His academic work has appeared in The Explicator, African American Review, and The Journal of Carribean Literatures.  His first book, The Kaiju Film, was released in 2016 by McFarland Press.  He is currently a composition and literature teacher at Blue Ridge Community College.

Jason Barr

Later this year, the card game Magic: The Gathering will hold a major qualifier tournament in Richmond. The grand prize is a half a million dollars and a seat at the national championship, where prizes can reach even higher.  To get a sense of the magic, WMRA’s Jason Barr talked with a few members of the M-T-G gaming community in Harrisonburg.

Jason Barr

Virginia lawmakers voted Wednesday [April 2] to hike gas taxes in some parts of the state to improve Interstate 81.  Earlier this year, trucking groups helped scuttle a proposal for truck tolls to pay for improvements to the interstate.  WMRA’s Jason Barr reports on all this from a trucker’s perspective.