Matthew Leonard

Online News Editor

I am currently a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University.

A strong curiosity and a desire to find the truth have given me a passion for the field of journalism. It is important to inform the community and I want to be a part of that. The fourth estate has a responsibility to keep a check on the powers that be in our society, a responsibility to write the first draft of history, a responsibility I know I can shoulder.

Portfolio

References available upon request.
VCU prepares for UCI championships
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor As this semester comes to a close, VCU has its eyes on September when thousands of spectators plan to watch the Union Cycliste Internationale...
As coal industry wanes, so does population
Print this page By Matt Leonard | Capital News Service New census numbers show the southwestern region of Virginia is struggling to hold and attract residents, as the population...
Proposal would let Dominion hike electric bills -- FairfaxTimes.com
RICHMOND - Dominion Virginia Power would be allowed to avoid state regulation for eight years while having the ability to raise consumers' electric bills, if the General...
BOV considers possible $1,004 fall tuition hike
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor VCU's senior leadership proposed two options for tuition increases that will affect students differently at last week's Board of Visitors...
Buying the board room
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor Eight of the 16 Virginia Commonwealth University board members have donated funds to the respective governors who appointed them to their...
State GOP Chairman Hopes to Unite Party
Loudoun attorney John Whitbeck says he has been preparing for the job. By Matt Leonard Capital News Service As the newly elected chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia,...
Richmond protest of Ferguson decision continues
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor The Richmond community on Tuesday afternoon continued their stance of solidarity with Michael Brown, an 18-year old African American who was...
VCU faculty compensation lagging behind in-state peers
VCU faculty salaries are not competitive and individuals are appealing to administration and the Board of Visitors for change. A report from the 2014 BOV budget retreat placed...
Former governor faces two years in prison
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor The former governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell, will begin a two-year prison sentence on Feb. 9. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell,...
Same-sex marriage legalized in Va., VCU professor first to marry in RVA
A banner had been hung at the front of her Monday 7 p.m. class that read "Congratulations, Nicole," and her students cheered for her as she entered the room. This came just...
Va. legislators ease cuts to VCU, education budgets
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor Earlier this month governor Terry McAuliffe announced budget reductions that will directly affect Virginia higher education. At the VCU Board...
VCU soccer players serving 10 days in jail
Matt Leonard Online Content Editor A ten day jail sentence began on Wednesday for three former VCU soccer players who pled guilty to the unlawful filming of a minor. Donovan...
VCU PD accredited with gold-standard for campus safety
The VCU Police Department received official notice of accreditation from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators on Sept. 9. The process, which...
Va. hospitals, MCV continue fight for medicaid expansion
VCU continues to lobby for Virginia to expand Medicaid after the GOP killed an expansion bill on Sept. 18. The Affordable Care Act created a health care exchange where insurance...

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