Paula Squires '76, managing editor of Virginia Business, has been digging for stories for three decades.
"I find there is a story behind every business, and I’ve met some interesting leaders," says Squires. Some of the people on her high-profile list: AOL cofounder Steve Case and hotelier and philanthropist Sheila Johnson. One of her all-time favorite assignments was touring a coalmine in Southwest Virginia with Mike Quillen, the former chairman of Alpha Natural Resources.
Being in the field for more than thirty years, Squires has seen trends come and go. "The whole thing about tweeting is new to me, but it is so fun! Writing stories online is easy, but some of the other digital components can be challenging,” she says. One drawback to the new technology, says Squires, is losing that personal connection. "You are only as good as your sources. If you focus too much on tweeting, instead of talking to people, you lose that personal interaction.”