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Aaron Richardson
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Aaron Richardson is Charlottesville Tomorrow’s education and business reporter. Mr. Richardson started his career in 2011 at The Daily Progress, before leaving reporting in 2014. After an 18-month hiatus, Aaron joined the staff of Charlottesville Tomorrow in February, 2016.
 
Mr. Richardson covered Albemarle County and Charlottesville government and schools, the court system and public safety, and collected three Virginia Press Association awards during his time at The Daily Progress. 
 
Mr. Richardson got B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. 
 
What makes Charlottesville-Albemarle special to you? 
I grew up south west of here in tiny Lexington, Virginia. The wild rural setting gave me the opportunity to explore and appreciate the outdoors, but had little to offer when it came to in-town entertainment.
 
Here, you can drive fifteen minutes from the Downtown Mall and feel as if you are in rural innards of Central Virginia, then turn around drive fifteen minutes back and go to a concert, movie, bar or gallery. 
 
The area encourages people to forge ahead and make their mark, whether they intend to do so in a work shop or brewery, an office or a classroom, or on a farm. 
 
Best part of working at Charlottesville Tomorrow? 
Doing important work with good people in a great place. 
 
Ultimate Charlottesville Saturday? 
An early-morning mountain bike ride at Walnut Creek, lunch in town, an afternoon motorcycle ride down the Blue Ridge Parkway, a beer at Starr Hill on the way home and a concert on the Downtown Mall to round out the evening. 
 
Favorite arts and culture venue in Charlottesville and away from Charlottesville?
In Charlottesville, The Southern Café and Music Hall. The space seems to morph around the performance, from acoustic sets to full-on rock shows. Tight quarters mean you always get a full, visceral experience.

Away from Charlottesville, Lexington’s Lime Kiln Theater. It takes its name from the abandoned Lime Kiln the main stage sits in, and all the performances are outdoors. The space reflects Lexington and Rockbridge County’s rugged beauty, industrial history and artistic side all at once.

Most interesting trip away from Charlottesville?
Motorcycle touring in Maine and Nova Scotia. We got a little of everything: Bad weather, worse roads and  breakdowns punctuated by amazing views and weather on Cape Breton Island, kind, helpful people in the hostels along the way and a firsthand lesson on how vast our continent is.

What's still on your bucket list?
The American West with a focus on Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Iceland. Motorcycle backpacking from Virginia to Patagonia and back.