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The Watchdog welcomes 2 to news team

Asheville Watchdog proudly welcomes reporter Scott Carroll and engagement editor John Shore to our news team.

Scott Carroll, a Report for America corps member, will join Asheville Watchdog June 1 to cover reparations, homelessness, and social justice issues.

An accomplished newspaper reporter and editor, Carroll comes to Asheville from The News-Review in Roseburg, Oregon, where he won five first-place awards in the 2021 Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association contest, including Best Writer and Best Story.

Before that, Carroll worked for 17 years at The Sarasota (Florida) Herald-Tribune. As the Herald-Tribune’s projects editor, his reporting teams won awards from numerous organizations and publications, including Editor & Publisher, Associated Press, American Society of News Editors, Society of Features Journalism, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, and the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists.

Carroll, a Los Angeles native, graduated from the University of New Mexico and earned a master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Florida.

John Shore joins Asheville Watchdog as communications and engagement editor.

Shore is a former advice columnist (“Ask John”), feature writer, and serial novelist (“Ashes to Asheville”) for The Asheville Citizen-Times; former featured columnist for The Huffington Post; and former head writer for Sign On San Diego (The San Diego Union-Tribune‘s website).

He is the author of the award-winning novel Everywhere She’s Not (Laughing Moon Books, 2019), and ghostwriter for several national and international bestselling books.

As Asheville Watchdog‘s first communications and engagement editor, Shore works closely with colleagues in editorial, public relations and marketing to bring The Watchdog‘s journalism to a wider audience, connect with Watchdog readers, and develop new community outreach programs. He helps run The Watchdog‘s social media accounts, responds to tweets and moderates social comments.

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  1. Helen Hyatt Helen Hyatt May 12, 2022

    Dear Asheville Watchdog,
    CAN (Coalition of Asheville Neighborhoods) would like to connect with Scott Carroll at some point. We have been working on the homeless issue for quite a few years now. Well better said banging our heads against the wall for a while, trying to get answers out of the city.
    We are now waiting for this transition to Shangri La, and holding our breath for what Step Up will ask for in the way of more funds. In the mean time the PIT count has been forgotten. It was promised March 31, but has been brushed over. So although the city has wasted about 3 million in funds, the needle has not moved. We are extremely worried about sanctuary camping sites within neighborhoods, so we are keeping an eye out. So when Scott gets up to speed on everything, we would appreciate being included in the conversation regarding this subject. Thank you

  2. chris hayes chris hayes June 3, 2022

    Things we share aside from the obvious: a) Sarasota Herald — my paper route in Englewood thus an employer in common, b) Southern California where I attended the University of Redlands & AA‘d from Riverside City College.

    I’m interested in how we might separate the historically willing from the unwilling in the reparations process. My two years of military service for example resulted from a voluntary draft rather than enlistment in order to avoid a three year obligation. I cringe at the all too common “Thank you for your service” public blessing as a result but maybe I shouldn’t. I’ll say thanks to any volunteer fireman, providing he’s turned on the hose.

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