Marguerite Gallorini

Freelance Reporter

Marguerite is a French journalist and a Sorbonne Nouvelle graduate. She has two Master's degrees - one in bilingual journalism, and one in international studies, and she spent one semester at New York University. Her research has included cultural identity and diaspora studies, and media studies, and she wrote two theses on the historical role newspapers played in the making of their countries' history in the early 20th century (in Ireland and the U.S.).

It is through friendships made at NYU that she ended up at WMRA. Before all that, she studied a year in Greece as part of her bachelor in sociology, to practice the little modern Greek she learned at university. Since then, Greece has remained in her heart and mind... and going back there for good is a (not so) secret wish of hers.

She also took summer classes in general journalism at the London School of Journalism, after having backpacked a month in Ireland for a project related to Ireland's war-themed music legacy. Marguerite is a fan of The Dropkick Murphys, by the way.

She likes to say that she plays alto saxophone - but, really, she is ashamed to say that, since she never sticks to practicing on a regular basis.  But she can proudly say she used to play the oboe very well for seven years.

Heinrich Boll Foundation

This week in Charlottesville, the University of Virginia, in partnership with the Heinrich Boell Foundation in Washington D.C., will host five visiting fellows from Germany to work with faculty and students on projects that deal with racism and history. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini caught up with the foundation’s program director in Washington, D.C.

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Two hours by car west of Harrisonburg, the Green Bank Observatory is home to the world’s largest steerable radio telescope.  This facility owned by the National Science Foundation might be, well, under the radar, but it’s being used for some very forward-thinking projects you might not expect – including a search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has more.

Miller Center

On Tuesday [Dec. 4] former ambassador John Negroponte visited the Miller Center to discuss America’s role in the world, President Trump’s take on foreign policy, and his own 40-year experience. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

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Tuesday night [Oct. 30] was the 13th Annual Assembly of the Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together, or IMPACT for short. And the focus of the faith community yesterday was: affordable housing. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini attended the assembly at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Charlottesville.

Common Ground Healing Arts

Common Ground Healing Arts in Charlottesville is expanding its wellness services beyond the general population.  This year, the non-profit is reaching out to the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women to provide a yoga teacher training program. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Virginia Film Festival

This year’s Virginia Film Festival [Nov. 1-4] is expanding the scope of its film selection. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

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On Tuesday [Oct. 23], a day-long summit at the University of Virginia gathered education leaders, policymakers, and researchers to discuss teacher retention in Virginia.  The summit was hosted by the Office of the Secretary of Education.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has been following this issue, and has this report.

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After the deadly white supremacist rally last year in Charlottesville, two grad students in history at the University of Virginia are trying to bridge the divide between academia and the rest of the city by starting a monthly community conversation on far-right and fascist groups. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini and 10 others sat in on the first workshop of the “Far Right and (Anti-)Fascism Group.”

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María Chavalan is from a persecuted ethnic group in Guatemala. She fled to the U-S in 2015.  Now, ICE is pressuring her to buy a ticket back to Guatemala, but she is pleading her case in court, and seeking sanctuary in a church in Charlottesville. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended her press conference yesterday.

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This week was “Farm to School” week in all nine city schools of Charlottesville.  The aim was to promote local agriculture and produce in schools and to get children interested in eating healthy.  On Thursday, Delegate David Toscano and Virginia’s Secretary of Education Atif Qarni visited Venable Elementary School. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this story.

Macular degeneration may not get as much attention as Alzheimer's disease or breast cancer, but nearly one-third of people over 80 are affected by it. One physician at the UVa School of Medicine says they may have found a cure. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Angie Gunter

Charlottesville was spared from the worst of Hurricane Florence, but the community is trying to do its share to help out neighbors who were less lucky. As WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports, Charlottesville’s SPCA is helping out some four-legged friends in North Carolina.

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The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to take the place of Justice Anthony Kennedy was the subject of a forum at the Miller Center yesterday.  Supreme Court expert Barbara Perry talked about the makeup of the new court with UVA law professors Saikrishna Prakash and Micah Schwartzman. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Cville Pride

Preview events for the seventh annual Charlottesville Pride Festival began over the weekend.  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

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More than 50 years ago, race riots swept across the United States during what became known as the “long, hot summer of 1967.” Historian Steve Gillon spoke at the Miller Center in Charlottesville Thursday to discuss his new book about the Kerner Commission and the investigation into the unrest. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Courtesy of the Democratic campaigns

You might have seen the hashtags #GarrettMustGo or #OneTermTom: that means competition is in the air. This year, four Democratic candidates are running to challenge Tom Garrett for the fifth congressional district of Virginia in November.  The Democrats met last Saturday at Buford Middle School for a debate.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini put together these profiles.

Courtesy City of Charlottesville

On Saturday, March 3, 'Liberation and Freedom Day,' organized by the University of Virginia and the City of Charlottesville, marks 153 years since Union troops liberated the area. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this preview.

League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

What form of government might Charlottesville choose, if citizens could start from scratch?  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports on the second of two public sessions, held Sunday (Feb. 25) and sponsored by the League of Women Voters and Charlottesville Tomorrow.

Wikipedia

A recent study focused on a water pollutant that we all know very well: salt. In particular, de-icing salts used during the winter. Over the years, the pH level of many streams across Virginia – and the nation – have become more and more basic, endangering aquatic life. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

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In an effort to preserve local African-American history, Monticello and the Jefferson School’s African American Heritage Center, and more than a dozen other partners, organized the second annual community history fair in Charlottesville called “Memories Matter.”  WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has the story.

Courtesy of the Miller Center

Chris Christie, the former New Jersey Governor and Republican presidential candidate, visited the Miller Center Monday to discuss his bid for the Republican nomination, and what he thinks of the first year of the Trump presidency. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

Courtesy League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area

After the events in Charlottesville last August, many citizens wanted to be informed on how local government works, and how it might be structured differently in the future. The local League of Women Voters and Charlottesville Tomorrow teamed up to provide an educational discussion on the matter, divided in two events this month. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini attended the first one yesterday afternoon.

Courtesy of Point Made Films

A month-long community conversation about racism is going to take place in Charlottesville. And it starts Friday, February 9, with the screening of the documentary, I’m Not Racist… Am I?. The screening is happening, with the filmmakers present, at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Some local schools, universities and libraries are also hosting the film, followed by public conversations about racism with the help of trained facilitators. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this report.

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Besançon has been Charlottesville’s sister city since 2006. In spite of their cultural differences, Charlottesville and Besançon are set in similar regions, and have similar vibes. There is one tourist attraction that doesn’t have its equal here though: Besançon’s 17th-century military citadel. Marguerite Gallorini was there over the holiday season and paints this picture for WMRA.

Charlottesville Police Foundation

The Charlottesville Police Foundation is a local non-profit organization that has been helping officers in the City since 2004. They do that through a variety of programs - from extra training, to partnerships through grants and various community events, as well as housing assistance. WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini talked with the foundation's Executive Director, Mindy Goodall.

Flickr, photo by Fumigene

Charlottesville is undergoing an affordable housing crisis. So the non-profit organization IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together) invited Dave Leibson, the Vice President of Alliance for Housing Solution in Arlington to provide an “Affordable Housing 101” crash course at the Church of the Incarnation in Charlottesville.  WMRA's Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Lulu Miller, former Radiolab producer and co-founder and co-host of Invisibilia on NPR, is currently a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to write her book: Why Fish Don’t Exist, looking at how we categorize the world.  Virginia performed the second-highest number of forced sterilizations in the country, and a chapter in her book focuses on the not-so-old practice of eugenics. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

Some experts say the teacher shortage in Virginia is now a crisis. And not only is there a downward trend in enrollment in teaching curriculums overall, but the lack of African-Americans in that field is even more alarming at a time when diversity in classrooms is becoming increasingly necessary. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview.

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The aftermath of August 12 in Charlottesville prompted many responses, including a report that was released on Friday [Dec. 1] citing multiple problems with the police response to the white supremacists that rallied over the summer.  But there have also been calls for more regulation of weapons and private militias in the city. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini has this overview of those proposals.

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On Sunday, the League of Women Voters of the Charlottesville Area organized a Meet and Greet between residents and their delegates - including Democratic House Minority Leader David Toscano. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini was there.

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