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The Royal Examiner provides news and information for Front Royal and other communities in or near Warren County, Virginia.

Launched in November 2016, the Royal Examiner values collaboration and transparency. It serves as a “public square” for Warren County and the surrounding region.

Community contributed content forms the heart of the Royal Examiner. We encourage fair, responsible and true contributions from all members of the greater Warren County community. The Royal Examiner’s staff also covers news and produces multimedia content. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics guides us in our work.

Based in Front Royal, Virginia, the Royal Examiner is updated constantly.

We welcome suggestions, contributions and criticism. We want to improve every day and seek your help in doing so.

Royal Examiner
A service of National Media Services, Inc
613 N Commerce Avenue
Front Royal, VA 22630
540-635-4181 ext 226

Meet the Staff:

website-friendly-nc6_4216Mike McCool | Publisher
Mike McCool, owner of National Media Services, Inc., established the Royal Examiner in the summer of 2016 to provide detailed coverage — “The News Behind The News” — of important local stories.




Norma Jean Shaw | Managing Editor
Norma Jean Shaw has been an award winning journalist for over 30 years, notably with NPR, McNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, and a TV and radio news anchor and reporter, across the country and the Shenandoah Valley.




Roger Bianchini | Staff Reporter; Editorial Consultant<
Roger Bianchini, a multiple VA Press Assn. award-winning journalist, was managing editor and co-founder of Warren County Report. He served as a reporter on Rebecca Poe’s Warren Times, and as reporter and editor at The Warren Sentinel and The Front Royal News.  A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of VCU, Roger has lived in the Shenandoah Valley for 30 years.



Malcolm Barr, Sr. | Staff Reporter
Malcolm Barr, Sr. has worked for newspapers in the U.K., Canada, and the U.S., and for The Associated Press in Wash., DC. He was press secretary to U.S. Sen. Hiram L. Fong (R-Hawaii) in the 1960s, and a director of public affairs in the departments of Labor, Justice, and Commerce, retiring from the federal government in 1996.



Amanda Callihan | Web Master
Amanda Callihan, an honors graduate of James Madison University, is the Royal Examiner webmaster. Amanda also provides her web and graphics design and management services to clients of National Media Services, Inc.




Contributed content:

Stories, opinions, calendar listings, photographs and videos from the community form the heart of

Our Terms of Service govern contributions and their use. But, we want to be clear: You give us permission to use and share contributed material on, as stipulated in the Terms of Service. We will not, however, sell your photos or other contributions. You retain ownership, and we will refer to you anyone who wishes to buy a photo reprint, for example.

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Upcoming Events

9:00 am 2018 Walk for Life
2018 Walk for Life
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
2018 Walk for Life
2018 Walk for Life is hosted by the Front Royal Pregnancy Center. More details to come!
9:00 am Impressions of the Valley @ Art in the Valley
Impressions of the Valley @ Art in the Valley
Sep 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Impressions of the Valley @ Art in the Valley
Art in the Valley, a fine art gallery and studio located at 205-A East Main St. in Front Royal, will host a plein air painting outing on September 22 from 9am to 5pm. Artists from[...]
12:00 pm 2018 Brews & Blues Festival @ Downtown Front Royal
2018 Brews & Blues Festival @ Downtown Front Royal
Sep 22 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2018 Brews & Blues Festival @ Downtown Front Royal
Fun abounds in downtown Front Royal, Virginia on Saturday, September 22, 2018! Bring your family and enjoy a day of fun, delicious food, great live entertainment, and of course, beer tasting. The festival gates open at noon with[...]
2:00 pm Shenandoah Downs Racing @ Shenandoah Downs
Shenandoah Downs Racing @ Shenandoah Downs
Sep 22 @ 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Shenandoah Downs Racing @ Shenandoah Downs
The first draw for the 2018 pari-mutuel harness racing season at Shenandoah Downs in Woodstock, Virginia is scheduled for this Wednesday September 12th. Entries will be accepted from 7:30 AM-9:00 AM. Opening weekend kicks off Saturday September 15th at[...]
7:00 pm Selah Theatre Project presents A... @ Selah Theatre Project
Selah Theatre Project presents A... @ Selah Theatre Project
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Selah Theatre Project presents August Wilson's "Fences" @ Selah Theatre Project
Selah Theatre Project is proud to present August Wilson’s Fences . a Pulitzer Prize and Tony-Award winning modern masterpiece. Fences is the 6th of 10 plays in Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Series” that chronicle the black experience[...]