The Roanoke Rambler is a weekly emailed newsletter that provides in-depth and exclusive stories, with an emphasis on local government, the environment and racial justice. We also publish original fiction, essays and poetry.
We are reader-supported and fiercely independent.
Our mission is to enlighten members of the community with vibrant, local journalism that exposes wrongdoings, uncovers societal ills and holds the powerful accountable – and with essays and fiction that provoke and inspire.
Each issue of our local, investigative and literary newsletter will highlight at least four pieces, including Happenings, our round-up of events in the Roanoke area, and Ramblings, short news items that have caught our attention.
Today, the vast majority of new digital ad revenue goes to Google and Facebook. A digital-only news outlet premised on ad revenue is nearly impossible. So rather than rely upon advertisers, our publication must depend on the support of you, our readers.
The Roanoke Rambler was established in September 2021 by Henri Gendreau, a former reporter at The Roanoke Times newspaper, with invaluable support from investigative reporter Mary Bishop, a Roanoke Times journalist from 1983-2002.
The Rambler is only made possible thanks to a network of talented and professional freelance journalists and writers.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.