Dear Friends of Carolina Public Press:

Reviving unbiased, in-depth, investigative reporting in Western North Carolina is an ambitious task. It’s risky. It’s expensive. It’s time-consuming.

Without Carolina Public Press’s nonpartisan investigative reporting, we wouldn’t know that environmental officials in Raleigh have proposed a study of Western North Carolina fracking sites in seven WNC counties.

There’s no consistent, free news source investigating what WNC’s legislators are doing in Raleigh. There’s no consistent, free, nonpartisan news organization pushing for answers about our region’s environment, health care, economy, schools or crime.

Except for Carolina Public Press. We have proven this over and over again this year — from reporting on the dismantling of a leading regional mental health agency to the pollution problems facing tax-funded sewage systems to the inconsistent handling of evidence across the region.

You can invest in real journalism. Right now.

Today, we are asking you to pledge $50, $100, $250, $500 or even $1,000 to help us break another story and launch another investigation. Can you help us?

We are a recognized leader of non-partisan, in-depth and investigative reporting in WNC.

Our work has earned recognition from PBS MediaShift, American University’s J-Lab Center, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina and the McCormick Foundation. Statewide, news organizations such as The Charlotte Observer, WLOS-TV, Mountain Xpress, WWNC, WCQS and others share our reporting with their readers, listeners and viewers.

(RIGHT) Carolina Public Press was one of nine projects in the nation asked to present about new media efforts at a PBS MediaShift event in October. Photo by Trey Smith (link).

By supporting Carolina Public Press, your tax-deductible contribution means more in-depth and watchdog stories that matter to our communities.

Every gift makes a difference! Thank you, as always, for your support and input.

Angie Newsome
Executive Director,

P.S.: And while we’re at it, go here to share your thoughts about what we should cover and how we should grow in 2014!

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Angie Newsome was the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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