Here’s a salute tinged with sadness: In our Oct. 15 issue, Mountain Xpress will publish the results of our annual Best of WNC reader survey. Among the winners will be Rebecca Bowe, a reporter and editor who has covered the environmental beat and much more for Xpress, earning our respect as well as yours. You named her the best reporter in the area.
It’s a fitting recognition: Bowe has also won state and regional journalism awards for her investigative reporting on contamination concerns around the former CTS of Asheville plant on Mills Gap Road. During her three years at Xpress, she’s cast a wide net, coordinating our green-building guides, writing the weekly Green Scene column of local environmental news (see her final column in this issue), reporting on issues that ranged from substandard housing to community gardens, from domestic violence to public transportation, as well as keeping Xpress running week-to-week, as a contributing editor.
But for now, at least, Bowe’s gotta go. She’s moving to San Francisco, where she plans to pursue graduate studies in journalism. With her help, we’ve passed CTS reporting to staff writer David Forbes (email@example.com) and the Green Scene to long-time Xpress writer and editor Margaret Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you, Rebecca—and good luck out there.
— The editors