The purpose of NFK is to give voice to the unheard stories, build community identity, and provide a new platform for local commerce. We love the greater Norfolk area and we intend to leave it better than we found it.
Local media has been in a state of decline and decimation in our region. We aren’t unique in this. Towns, cities, and counties across the country are losing the outlets that serve them. One core problem is that the ad revenue on which these outlets rely has declined substantially. Media and news from NFK are supported by the shop. When you buy from our shop, you support our efforts to cover the region and you also support the business or artist whose product you purchased.
This publication will feel a bit different than most, and that’s on purpose. We’re striking out on a new path, so unlike the media outlets of the past, we don’t pretend to be objective. The stories featured here are from members of our community. We encourage those contributors to celebrate what they love, offer suggestions for improving the community around them, or shed light on lesser-known subjects.
Paul Stetson Rice
Paul is the creator of NFKVA.com. He was born and raised in Norfolk, graduated from Virginia Tech, and narrowly avoided law school. Chat with him about economics, entrepreneurship, hip-hop, and hiking. When he's not working on five different projects, you'll catch him sharing a beer with friends at a local brewery.
Andrew Rios wields the mighty red pen as the editor of NFK Currents community-driven content. With an English degree from Norfolk's own ODU, Andrew got his first taste of professional writing as a digital copywriter in the bicycling industry. Currently, he's a corporate desk jockey by day and a vegan food connoisseur with a record-buying addiction by night.
Jasmine Rodriguez is a culture and music enthusiast based out of Virginia. When she's not writing for music blogs, you can find her working on her latest themed playlists, scouring for more new music, and taking pictures of her friends and life around her.
Tiffany grew up in Chesapeake but has called Norfolk home for the past seven years. She fell in love with the city while working with Festevents during college summer breaks. She graduated from James Madison University (Go Dukes!) with a degree in corporate communication. Tiffany now works as a digital marketing specialist and enjoys strolling and rollerblading her way around Norfolk. She lives in Ghent with her husband Trevor, and their two cats, Tux and Joe.
Hank Morrison moved to Norfolk in 2018 after completing his Master’s in Urban and Environmental Planning at UVA. He enjoys running on the ERT, Oregon Ducks football, and mid-century architecture. Hank lives in Ghent with his girlfriend and her blind dog, who is also named Paul.
Dave Allison runs the record label and website Custom Made Music and is part of the bands The Quintz and Last Remaining Pinnacle. He also makes his own solo recordings and has worked in the music biz for over 30 years. His first-ever performance was playing "Shout At The Devil" at the age of 10 at his Catholic Elementary School. He's regularly out in Norfolk watching bands and vending at various events around the area.