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Editorial Team

Asheville attracts highly accomplished people of all backgrounds, including award-winning journalists from some of the world’s leading news organizations. The editors and reporters currently guiding our news reports include:

Sally Kestin, reporter
Former investigative reporter at The Sarasota Herald-TribuneThe Tampa Tribune and The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and recipient of numerous national journalism awards, including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. She was a 2006 Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting. Email:

Tom Fiedler, reporter
Dean emeritus and journalism professor at Boston University’s College of Communication; former executive editor of The Miami Herald; trustee of; co-founder New England Center for Investigative Reporting; former president New England First Amendment Coalition; award-winning investigative and political reporter during three decades at The Miami Herald including a shared Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Email:

Peter Lewismanaging editor, reporter
Former senior writer, editor, and columnist, The New York Times; managing editor of The Bay Citizen in San Francisco; senior editor Fortune magazine; and John S. Knight Fellow and Hearst Visiting Professional in Residence at Stanford University, where he taught journalism. Email:

Barbara Durr, reporter 
Former correspondent for The Financial Times of London and a former editor for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” Barbara was also a senior manager in two international nonprofits, CARE and Oxfam. Email:

Starr Sariego, photographer
A native of Miami, now living in Asheville, she believes in using photography for social change. Her latest project, This Skin I’m In, features portraits of the LGBTQIA+ community in Western North Carolina. Email:

Gail Meadows, editor
Former editor and columnist for The Miami Herald. Email:

William Robertson, editor
Former writer and editor at The Miami Herald; as the newspaper’s book editor, he was twice a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his writing on literary subjects. Email:

John Maines, database editor
Former database editor at The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. His journalism career spanned more than four decades. He is the recipient of numerous state and national awards, including two Pulitzer Prizes, for Public Service in 2013 and 2019. Email:


As funding permits, Asheville Watchdog hopes to hire additional reporters and news interns to expand areas of coverage. A listing of current volunteer opportunities can be found here.

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