Kerry Dougherty, The Virginian-Pilot

Kerry Dougherty

The Virginian-Pilot

Virginia Beach, VA, United States

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Past articles by Kerry:

After 42 years of newspaper deadlines, leaving isn't easy. But it's time to say farewell.

In '84, Reagan was president, Trebek was new to "Jeopardy" and Columnist Kerry Dougherty started at The Pilot. "We wrote our newspaper copy in a fog of cigarette smoke and → Read More

Common sense, not cops, should have solved case of the backpack recorder

Columnist Kerry Dougherty implores courts to expunge record of a well-meaning mom who found herself facing criminal charges for simply caring too much about her kid. → Read More

It's about time Virginia Beach workers got 3 weeks paid maternity leave

Columnist Kerry Daugherty says newborns are future taxpayers, so give their tired parents a break. → Read More

What I'm thankful for: Manson's death, college football and non-gropey male coworkers

Columnist Kerry Dougherty shares what she's thankful for - and some personal news after 33 years working for The Virginian-Pilot. → Read More

There's no substitute for canned cranberries on Thanksgiving

If you’re at my table, you’re getting the canned variety -whole berries in a bowl and the log on a plate. It’s a family tradition I never break. → Read More

Sex assault allegations fall hardest on sanctimonious politicians like Franken and Moore

Columnist Kerry Dougherty has a message for Al Franken and Roy Moore: Take a deep look at your own behavior before telling the rest of us how to live. → Read More

Portsmouth should come clean about its dirty recycling secret

Columnist Kerry Dougherty says it's garbage that Portsmouth never bothered to tell residents that it didn't have anyone to handle the city's recycling. Instead, it burned those materials – and → Read More

It's flu season. Don't stand so close to me.

It wasn’t until a supermarket clerk blew her nose and stuffed the soggy tissue into her pants pocket last week that I remembered it was time for my annual keep-your-cooties-to-yourself → Read More

Deadlines don't seem to apply in Virginia Beach arena deal that never dies

Columnist Kerry Dougherty says the clock's run out, but that hasn't stopped the city's politicians from holding out hope for an arena near the Oceanfront. → Read More

Hollywood is a cesspool, should we stay home?

Each time we learn about what goes on behind the scenes in Hollywood, we’re presented anew with a moral dilemma. Columnist Kerry Dougherty asks: Do we continue to give our → Read More

Campaign ads in Virginia governor's race reflect Gillespie and Northam in ungentlemanly light

Columnist Kerry Dougherty writes that before their odious race to the Virginia governor’s mansion, both candidates were known as competent, low-key, pleasant fellows. Now, with just a few days to → Read More

Chesapeake students glorified the KKK on social media. Where are their parents?

The KKK is a hate group with no redeeming value, and maybe now's the time for teachers and parents to remind students about its violent, racist history, writes Columnist Kerry → Read More

Virginia Beach should improve bus service if it's serious about mass transit

Columnist Kerry Dougherty scoffs at the city's claim that it doesn't have enough money to spend on better bus service. → Read More

Ralph Northam campaign fliers omitted his black running mate. Was it racism or politics at play?

Columnist Kerry Dougherty says the Democratic candidate for governor finds himself accused of the same ugly thing his campaign has used to attack his opponent: Racism. → Read More

Ralph Northam campaign flyers omitted his black running mate. Was it racism or politics at play?

Columnist Kerry Dougherty says the Democratic candidate for governor finds himself accused of the same ugly thing his campaign has used to attack his opponent: Racism. → Read More

Virginia Beach Uber driver lost 6 months of his life and his good name

Columnist Kerry Dougherty says that by the time we find out there are problems with an accusation, inestimable damage may have been done. → Read More

McAuliffe's push for gun control is useless

On Nov. 7, Terry McAuliffe officially becomes a lame duck. Regardless of the results of the election, our present governor will be gone in January. Term limits, you know. Which → Read More

At William & Mary, the First Amendment’s best friend gets shouted down

Columnist Kerry Dougherty says fascistlike behavior was on display recently in the unlikeliest of places: the College of William & Mary. → Read More

Hey, Equifax, we’re not consumers. We’re victims.

Columnist Kerry Dougherty details how Equifax's business model is "unique" and profitable and turns everyday Americans into victims. → Read More

America the angry gives way to America the beautiful

A trip into the mountains gives columnist Kerry Dougherty a new perspective – that unplugging is good way to see this country for what it is. → Read More