Jason Sandford, a long-time Asheville resident and veteran journalist, has announced that he will begin working for the Mountain Xpress. The news came via a post on his blog, Ashvegas, this afternoon.
Sandford has just completed a 15-year run as a reporter and editor at the Asheville Citizen-Times, where he was multimedia editor until resigning earlier this week. Before that he worked for several newspapers in the United States and Europe, and earned a degree from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
At the Xpress, Sandford will coordinate the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to enhance our Web site with up-to-date, in-depth, multimedia content. He’ll also help expand the work of the Fund for Investigative Reporting and Editing, a nonprofit that supports community-journalism efforts.
“I had a great run at the Citizen-Times and have many friends there. I’ll miss them,” Sandford said on his blog, which was voted the best in the region in Xpress’ most recent Best of WNC poll. “It was just time for me to move on, and Mountain Xpress offered me a great opportunity I just couldn’t pass up.”
For more details about Sandford’s career in journalism and his plans for the future, along with the reaction of some of his former colleagues, see his announcement here.
— Jon Elliston, managing editor