WEST JEFFERSON-The Jefferson Post is pleased to announce that veteran High Country journalist Jesse Campbell has been named the Jefferson Post’s new senior staff writer.
Campbell is one of the finishing touches to what might be the strongest top-to-bottom teams the Jefferson Post has fielded in years.
“Campbell can literally do it all – and do it all well,” Jefferson Post Editor Adam Orr said. “He’s got a great nose for news which is something you either have or you don’t, and he can easily switch between covering hard news and writing feature articles. Not every journalist can do that and I’m glad we can bring him over to the Jefferson Post.”
This isn’t Campbell’s first assignment with the Jefferson Post. An Ashe County High School graduate, Campbell studied journalism at Appalachian State University, graduating in 2008. He interned with the Jefferson Post in the spring of 2008 before joining the paper full-time later that summer.
He provided extensive coverage of Freddie Hammer’s murder trial, which included correspondence with Hammer while in prison, along with the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Jimmy Blevins.
Jefferson Post General Manager Teresa Laws, who has remained at the Post for 19 years, said she was getting her “dream team” back.
“Having Jesse return makes our team complete,” Laws said.
His experience also includes assignments with three other local media outlets until January of this year. He’s provided readers with top notch court reports, local and state political stories, along with sports and entertainment coverage.
In August 2011, using Freedom of Information Act requests, Campbell uncovered emails between some former members of the Ashe County Board of Commissioners that proved the forced resignation of former county manager Dan McMillan.
Most recently he investigated a string of drug related deaths in Watauga County.
“The entire team has worked hard to right the ship here at The Jefferson Post over the past six months,” Orr said. “We hold significant advantages over our competitors in terms of sales and editorial experience, produce double the number of print issues per week and generate much higher web traffic. Adding Campbell to our team will only improve what we’re trying to do.”
Civitas Media Regional Publisher Rex Goss said he had the privilege of working with Campbell at the Ashe Mountain Times from 2010-2013.
“He is a fine reporter. That is why we recruited him back to rejoin our team,” Goss said. “We take our roll covering Ashe County news and reporting on Ashe County’s government very seriously. Adding Jesse back to our team, along with the experience of our new editor Adam Orr, puts us in the position we need to provide the best news coverage possible.”
Campbell said he looks forward to returning to his hometown.
“It’s a privilege to once again be able to tell the stories of the people make Ashe County great,” Campbell said. “It feels great to be home.”