After a five-year run at Xpress, Jake Frankel will be leaving soon to accept a position as executive editor of The Prem Rawat Foundation, a project-based nonprofit helping to bring food, water and peace to people around the world. He says he’s excited to be able to put his journalism skills to use — not to mention getting the chance to help people in far-flung places.
“It’s been an honor to serve our community by highlighting important issues and debates, as well as some of the quirkier things that make Asheville a fun place to live,” says Frankel. “I really appreciate how my role at Xpress allowed me to engage in this awesome community on so many different levels.”
Frankel’s journalism won six North Carolina Press Association awards – more than any other staffer in Xpress‘ history. Readers also voted him one of the area’s top reporters in every Best of Western North Carolina poll between 2011 and 2014. He leaves behind a diverse body of work that includes multimedia arts coverage, in-depth investigations and the pioneering use of social-media platforms that extended Xpress‘ reach.
“Jake will be missed, for his journalistic skills, his love of community journalism, his knowledge of Asheville and his personal presence,” says Xpress publisher Jeff Fobes.
Managing Editor Margaret Williams agrees, noting highlights from Frankel’s work over the years — such as his 2011 cover story, “Mountain Shame: Remembering the Marion Massacre.” The story won first place in the NCPA awards for News Feature Writing.
In his new role at The Prem Rawat Foundation, Frankel will help spread the word about the nonprofit’s humanitarian and peace-education programs, which stretch from the Americas and Europe to Africa and India.
“This organization is transforming lives across the globe and I’m super excited to be part of it,” says Frankel.
The Foundation is based in Los Angeles, Calif., but Frankel will primarily be working remotely from his home here in Asheville.