WEST JEFFERSON – Ashe County native Adam Orr was named the editor of the Jefferson Post this week by Civitas Media.
Orr most recently served as a business reporter for the award-winning daily newspaper, The Gaston Gazette, but he started his journalism career right here in West Jefferson under former Post editor Cliff Clark.
“I’m excited to be back and working for the paper where it all started for me,” Orr said. “If you’ve got an idea for a story, run it by me. We want to hear it, and I enjoy trying to find an interesting hook in just about anything. I love talking to folks about the way Ashe County and the mountains once were, but I’m also focused on where we’re headed next.”
A graduate of Western Carolina University, Orr earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Entrepreneurship in 2011. He joined the Jefferson Post that same year as a staff writer where he covered the county government, crime, education, courts and business beats.
From 2012-2014, he covered Ashe County and the High Country for other media outlets before joining The Gazette last year.
He comes to the Jefferson Post with an understanding and appreciation for the paper’s vital role in the community and how important aggressively covering breaking news, local government and upcoming events are to the Post’s readers.
Rex Goss, regional publisher and marketing director for Civitas Media’s western North Carolina mountain group, said bringing Orr to the Jefferson Post was one his top priorities after taking over leadership of the Jefferson Post, Elkin Tribune and Yadkin Ripple in July.
“The Post needs the editorial leadership and enthusiasm Adam brings to the table,” Goss said. “As editor, he not only edits content, but he’s in charge of story selection and investigative reporting.”
And strong content drives every aspect of community journalism, Goss said.
“A newspaper is the eyes and ears for its readers,” Goss said. “Especially when it comes to observing public policy. The better job we do the more readers we have. Adam’s experience, leadership qualities and enthusiasm moves the Post one step closer to providing Ashe County the hometown newspaper it deserves.”
Longtime Jefferson Post marketing director and, now, general manager Teresa Laws said bringing Orr back on board means Ashe County can always read the news first in the Jefferson Post.
“Adam doesn’t sit around and wait for news to find him,” Laws said. “He finds the news.”
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