Carolina Public Press
(mailing) PO Box 17595
(physical) 50 S. French Broad Ave., Suite 234
Asheville, NC 28816
Main phone: 828-774-5290
Michael Gebelein, Investigative Reporter
Michael Gebelein joined Carolina Public Press as an investigative reporter in 2016 after working for eight years in community journalism. He was born in Baltimore, grew up in Huntersville and has lived in Western North Carolina since 2005. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University, with a double major in journalism and psychology.
Tara George, Development Assistant
Originally from New Jersey, Tara George settled in Asheville in 2005. She graduated with honors from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in applied design with an emphasis in jewelry design. A desire to be more involved and make a difference in the community brought her to the nonprofit world, where she has worked in development, project and office management for several Asheville-based nonprofit organizations.
Angie Newsome, Executive Director
Angie Newsome founded Carolina Public Press, which launched in March 2011. A North Carolina native, she earned a bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College and a master’s degree in journalism at UNC Chapel Hill before becoming a reporting and writing fellow at The Poynter Institute and a business and investigative reporter and editor. With more than 15 years of experience in daily newspaper, online and magazine journalism, Newsome has won awards for reporting, including on the international banking interests of a North Carolina congressman and for following the closure of the nation’s last Levis sewing plant. In 2012, she was named one of four New Media Women Entrepreneurs in the country by the McCormick Foundation, and Carolina Public Press has gone on to be a featured media startup by PBS MediaShift and J-Lab.
Frank Taylor, Managing Editor
Frank Taylor worked in the news industry for more than 20 years before joining Carolina Public Press in October 2015. He was as an editorial writer and columnist for The Fayetteville Observer from 2013 to 2015 and managing editor of The Lincoln Times-News of Lincolnton from 2008 to 2013. He and a colleague won the 2012 N.C. Press Association Freedom of Information Award for their investigation of an improperly closed session of the Lincolnton City Council in which the city manager sought financial backing as he threatened to sue an independent journalist. Frank received his master’s degree in journalism from the UNC Chapel Hill.
Paul Eggers, Open WNC Project Coordinator and Contributing Multimedia Reporter
Paul Eggers is the organization’s project coordinator for the Open WNC project, which may be found at www.openwnc.org. A journalist with experience with radio, TV, online and daily newspaper media organizations, he is also the lead contributing multimedia reporter at Carolina Public Press.
Jon Elliston, Contributing Open Government Reporter
Jon Elliston is the organization’s lead open government reporter. He’s authored two books, including, with co-author Kent Priestley, North Carolina Curiosities. He’s written about history, culture and politics for The Nation, Popular Communications, U.S. News & World Report and WNC Magazine, among other publications. His reporting has garnered awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, the Society of Professional Journalists and the N.C. Press Association.
Jack Igelman, Lead Environment Contributing Reporter
Jack Igelman is a reporter whose main interest is in conservation and environmental stories that focus on the people, places and institutions involved with managing the region’s natural resources. Co-author of Trekking the Southern Appalachians and currently teacher of college-level economics, his articles have appeared in dozens of local, regional and national publications. He has a master’s degree from Montana State University, where he studied natural resource economics.
Colby Rabon, Contributing Photographer
Colby Rabon is a freelance photographer with a bachelor’s degree in technical photography from Appalachian State University. Colby currently shoots a range of material from documentary projects to news, sports, portraiture and more and has had work featured in local and national publications.
Matt Rose, Contributing Photographer
Matt Rose is a photojournalist, formerly with The Times-Picayune, of New Orleans, with more than 20 years of photography experience. During his successful and award-winning career, he has photographed, among other things, U.S. presidents, Super Bowls, floods and Mardi Gras. Rose has won numerous Associated Press and National Press Photographers Association photography awards and shares a staff Pulitzer Prize for Hurricane Katrina coverage.
Kirk Ross, Capital Bureau Chief
Based in Chapel Hill, Kirk Ross is a longtime North Carolina journalist and the lead journalist reporting on the N.C. General Assembly’s activities in Raleigh for Carolina Public Press. His reporting and opinion pieces have appeared in multiple publications, including the (Raleigh) News & Observer. He is also the founder of The Carolina Mercury, an online North Carolina politics website.
Carolina Public Press Board of Directors
Eleanor Ashton, Vice President
Frank Goldsmith, Secretary
Janet Moore, President
Angie Newsome, Executive Director
Allen Shaklan, Treasurer
We also wish to thank the law firm of Brooks Pierce, a leading national media law practice based in Raleigh, N.C., for representing our legal needs. Carolina Public Press is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and the N.C. Press Association. Certain staff members and contributors are members of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists.