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New Editor Takes Helm at Reston Now

by RestonNow.com November 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm 20 Comments

Reston Now welcomed Fatimah Waseem, the website’s new editor, this week.

Waseem, a Maryland native, comes from a previous full-time reporting position at the Baltimore Sun Media Group, where she covered municipal government and development in one of the most affluent counties in the country for two years.

Dave Emke, the previous editor for roughly 10 months, left his position earlier this month after moving out-of-state.

Waseem graduated from the University of Maryland in 2015 with degrees in government and journalism. Prior to covering municipal government, she worked for USA TODAY, McClatchy’s Washington bureau and The Muslim Link, a hyperlocal newspaper based in Maryland.

The transition from a traditional newsroom to a new, online news platform is a challenge Waseem looks forward to embracing. She hopes to bring more multimedia and coverage of business and development to the website.

“I’m excited to learn more about this community and provide journalism that captures the pulse of the area,” she said. “Journalism, whether it is laid to rest on the pages of an old newspaper or the fast-moving webpage, is about offering a service to readers. I hope to make that my mission.”

Waseem can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @fatimahwaseem.

  • Mike M

    Inundation enters its final phase.

  • Mike M

    “. . . one of the most affluent countries in the country.” Strike that. Change to
    “one of the most affluent counties . . .”

    Oh! And welcome.

  • Anonymous Person


    • Anonymous Person

      I saw you used to do a lot of stories on human trafficking. There were some incidents, I thought, of that going in our area a few years ago. Will you be able to do any more stories along those lines while working on restonnow?

  • The Constitutionalist

    Hopefully Fatimah believes in the Oxford Comma.

    • EliteinReston

      Comma should be lower case.

      • lorem ipsum

        Marry me?

      • The Constitutionalist


    • Why do you bother?

      Don’t count on it. Virtually all news writing follows AP style, where brevity trumps comprehension and comma IS a four-letter word.

      Welcome, Fatimah.

    • John Farrell

      Please God, no!

      • The Constitutionalist

        You don’t like the Oxford Comma?

      • John Higgins

        Please (comma) God (comma) no!

  • NormVA

    Welcome Fatimah.

  • RoadApples

    Waseem: Congrats/best of good fortune.

  • Tammi Petrine

    Fatimah, Welcome to Reston! We look forward to having you with us and learning together. Congrats on your new position!

  • John Farrell

    Good luck

  • John Lovaas

    Fatimah, Welcome and wish you all the best in this wonderful community!

  • RelgionOfReesessPieces

    diversity is our strength. Let’s see if she has the courage to call a spade a spade when someone yells Aloha Snackbar.

  • John Higgins

    Welcome, Editor. RestonNow has been a major resource in filling the gap between news releases and the various media which largely ignores local issues important to all of us. I join others below in wishing you well.

    Not known for brevity, I also take this opportunity to extend best wishes to Karen Goff in her new role as public information officer at Reston Community Center.

  • Zookeeper

    Good luck and best wishes of course.

    Just my guess of course but chances are overqualified Fatimah wont hang around for long, especially given the peanut gallery comment section, the KKK and other racist elements in our community including but not limited to the Mexican cartel and MS13 because Reston has them all.


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