Carolina Public Press will hold its next Newsmakers event, a nonpartisan conversation series on top Western North Carolina interests and issues, about the ownership of the region’s water. It will be held on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Fletcher Town Hall.

Panelists at the event will be: Kim Colson, director of the N.C. Division of Water Infrastructure; Katie Hicks, assistant director of Clean Water for North Carolina; Rep. Chuck McGrady (R-Hendersonville); and Lee Smith, utilities director at Hendersonville Water and Sewer. Moderators will be Carolina Public Press journalists Jon Elliston, investigations and open government editor, and Jack Igelman, lead contributing reporter on the environment.

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Going beyond headlines and sound bites, the Newsmaker series brings together the state and region’s top journalists with those making and influencing the news — people such as business leaders, lawmakers, agency administrators, public policy influencers and others — for in-depth, nonpartisan conversations with the public. Newsmakers will break down barriers often felt between journalists and lawmakers, between community members and leaders — all toward building an engaged, informed community.

This free and public event will offer the region’s residents to discuss public and private ownership of drinking water systems across the region, and it coincides with a Carolina Public Press in-depth and investigative reporting project launched in July on some of the issues facing the region’s drinking water. Click here to read Carolina Public Press’s ongoing coverage.

Space is limited, and advanced tickets are required. You may get your ticket by registering below.

This event is made possible, in part, through the support of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

For more information, please contact Carolina Public Press at 828-774-5290 or at

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

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