Welcome to AVL Watchdog – a free, local and nonprofit news service.
We’re here because of you, our friends and neighbors, who told us that you want thoughtful and explanatory journalism to stay abreast of the issues and challenges facing Asheville and Buncombe County.
Our Mission: We are dedicated to providing news and analysis that promotes civic understanding and participation.
Founded and run by volunteer, national award-winning journalists and media executives who live here, AVL Watchdog will produce stories covering local government, institutions, issues and people that are fair, factual and reliable.
Why now? Local news is in crisis. One in five American newspapers have closed, and that was before the coronavirus slashed advertising revenue. That means more layoffs and cuts to newsrooms and fewer reporters to keep watch over government and dig deep into the issues.
Big choices require more coverage. Asheville is confronting unprecedented challenges and choices that will change the way we live and work. We will take the time to explore important questions and provide you the answers in thorough and insightful stories.
We do not intend to compete with existing media but rather to complement and expand upon the critical service they provide.
Our content will be free and widely accessible.
We won’t have outside owners determining how much or what we cover.
And with no pressure to fill a daily newspaper or newscast, we will do our best to give you carefully written and edited stories that educate, enlighten and empower.
We have no political or private agenda but simply believe that good journalism is a public service essential to democracy. Local news matters, and a healthy, strong Asheville depends on well-informed citizens.
Our Editorial Staff: As in so many fields, Asheville has attracted some incredibly accomplished journalists who have generously volunteered their experience and time. The editors guiding our story selection and quality reporting include:
Sally Kestin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter.
Tom Fiedler, former executive editor of the Miami Herald and dean emeritus at Boston University’s College of Communication.
In the coming days and weeks, we’ll be back with more details about us and how we can serve you.
Here’s looking to the beginning of a great relationship.