A few years ago, after leaving a career in local government public affairs, I embarked on a new career as a freelance journalist. In April 2011 I began writing a weekly column on local issues for AOL’s Leesburg Patch. Before long I was also writing news stories and taking photos that appeared in Leesburg Patch and Ashburn Patch.

In March 2012, I began writing and taking photos for the Loudoun Extra and Local Living sections of the Washington Post, and later began covering stories in Prince William and Fairfax counties for the Post, as well. Occasionally, I have a story in the Post’s Travel or Metro sections.

It gradually occurred to me that I was developing a “body of work,” such as it is, and that it would be useful to create centralized place to collect these news stories and columns.

This was my motivation for recreating this blog — Notes n Letters — where I may also occasionally go off on my own from time to time and write about things that interest me, but which may not have a home in the commercial news media.

Thank you for your interest!

— Jim Barnes, freelance writer based in Leesburg, Va.

Note: Photos used on this site have not previously been published elsewhere.

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’m trying to find an electronic copy or link to your recent article on LCPS Parent Liaisons that appeared in the December 20, 2015, Loudoun Extra. My search at Washington Post online and this blog have resulted in 0 results.

    1. Thanks for writing, Lisa! Stories from the Loudoun Extra section of the Sunday post usually go online the next day. You can find the link from my blog now.


  2. Hi Jim — You wrote an article in 2014 about a new inpatient hospice facility that opened in Loudon County. I am curious about your interest in covering a new inpatient unit that opened in Washington, DC. Do you have an email address I can use to provide additional information?

  3. Is this Jim Barnes whose mother was Hanna, friend of Carol Jo Williams? If so, I’d like to invite you to a memorial service for J.D. Williams in April.

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