John Boyle joins Asheville Watchdog staff

Press release from Asheville Watchdog:

John Boyle, the popular veteran reporter and “Answer Man” columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times, is joining Asheville Watchdog’s nonprofit local news team beginning Nov. 7, 2022.

Boyle, a 27-year veteran of covering local news in Asheville and surrounding communities, will bring his unmatched knowledge of local issues and trademark wit to Watchdog readers several times a week.

“John’s unique take on the local scene blends deep local knowledge with a healthy sense of humor,” said Bob Gremillion, publisher. “Thanks to the generosity of Watchdog donors, we’re able to unleash him and provide all his stories and columns to our readers for free.”

Asheville Watchdog is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, online local news site founded and run by volunteer veteran journalists. The Watchdog’s accountability and public service journalism is published on the web at and offered without charge to publishing partners including Blue Ridge Public Radio, Mountain Xpress, and others.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to work at Asheville Watchdog, not only because they do outstanding work, but also because it’s a fresh opportunity to continue covering the news in a city I love,” Boyle said. “I’ve been impressed with The Watchdog’s outstanding reporting and its Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists, and how they dig deep into topics that need unearthing. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Boyle joined the Asheville Citizen Times in 1995. He is the recipient of multitudinous North Carolina Press Association awards, including the 2016 O. Henry Award for Outstanding Writing.

Asheville Watchdog, a community-supported, 501(c)(3) nonprofit news corporation, was founded as a public service in 2020 by veteran journalists and news media executives. Watchdog stories have won top national and state awards this year for investigative, enterprise, and accountability journalism.

Readers are invited to sign up for free news alerts and John Boyle’s Monday newsletter at

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