About The 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, managing editor, 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: skestin@avlwatchdog.org

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Bob Gremillionpublisher
Former executive vice president, Tribune Publishing Company, overseeing The Baltimore Sun, The Hartford Courant, The Orlando Sentinel, The Chicago Tribune, and other newspapers; publisher, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel; winner, National Conference for Community & Justice Silver Medallion and Urban League Diversity Champion; founder and CEO ChicagoLand Television News (owned by Chicago Tribune). Email: bgremillion@avlwatchdog.org

Tom Fiedler, reporter
Dean emeritus and journalism professor at Boston University’s College of Communication; former executive editor of The Miami Herald; trustee of TheConversation.com/us; 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: tfiedler@avlwatchdog.org

Peter Lewisreporter
Former senior writer and editor, 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: plewis@avlwatchdog.org

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: bdurr@avlwatchdog.org

Suzanne Boothby, reporter
Co-author, with Erin Brockovich, of Superman’s Not Coming: Our National Water Crisis & What We the People Can Do About It. Suzanne’s writing on health, wellness, and the environment has appeared in Mother Jones magazine, NBCNews.com, Thrive Global, CNN.com, and elsewhere. Email: sboothby@avlwatchdog.org 

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

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: editor@avlwatchdog.org

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: editor@avlwatchdog.org


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.