The BVI Beacon

The BVI Beacon is a weekly newspaper founded in 1984 and published on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.

The first Beacon, a 12-page edition published on June 7, 1984, was produced by founders Linnell M. Abbott and her niece, Michelle Abbott, in a small house at 67 Main Street, later the location of the Dove Restaurant. In 1991, the paper moved into a traditional West Indian style house on Russell Hill Road, which was subsequently expanded.

In 2009, a majority share of the newspaper was sold by Ms. Abbott and Business Manager Dora L. Harrigan to businessman Russell Harrigan, who is also the publisher of Business BVI magazine. Mr. Harrigan now serves as publisher and CEO.

Our Executives

Russell Harrigan, Publisher, CEO
Freeman Rogers, Editor
Claire Shefchik, Business Editor
Todd VanSickle, Sports Editor, Production
Rebecca Essumang, Advertising                                                  Web Editor, Zarrin Tasnim Ahmed


Linnell M. Abbott