Carolina Public Press
(mailing) PO Box 17595, Asheville, NC 28816
(physical) 50 S. French Broad Ave., Suite 234, Asheville NC 28801
Main phone: 828-774-5290
Angie Newsome, Founder and 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, online and magazine journalism, Newsome has won numerous awards, including for reporting 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 and to earn numerous awards, including for its environmental and mental health reporting and for general excellence among North Carolina’s online news organizations. Angie lives in Buncombe County.
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 UNC Chapel Hill. Frank lives in Buncombe County.
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 state’s natural resources. Co-author of Trekking the Southern Appalachians and currently teaching college-level economics, Jack’s reporting has 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. Jack lives in Buncombe County.
Ben Ledbetter, Contributing Reporter
Ben Ledbetter is an experienced journalist who recently earned his Master’s of Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. He’s written articles for The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate, The (Asheville) Citizen-Times, The Charlotte Observer, The (Rock Hill, S.C.) Herald, The Denver Post, and The (Greensboro) News & Record. Ben lives in Rutherford County.
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. Colby lives in Buncombe County.
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. Matt lives in Buncombe County.
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. Kirk lives in Orange County.
Carolina Public Press Board of Directors
Scott Barnwell, President
Patrick Doran, Vice President
Frank Goldsmith, Secretary
Allen Shaklan, Treasurer
Carolina Public Press is a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News, Local Independent Online News Publishers and the N.C. Press Association. Certain staff members and contributors are members of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Environmental Journalists.