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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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