Alan Wooten named AMT editor
From his days as a young freelance writer in Farmville, longtime newspaperman Alan Wooten has exhibited a passion for community journalism.
Now, Wooten brings that passion and drive to the Jones Media family of newspapers as the newest editor for the Ashe Mountain Times, a sister publication of The Mountain Times.
Wooten, whose work was first featured in his hometown newspaper as a middle school student, has been published regularly since 1977, including freelance appearances from coast to coast.
He has won state and national awards for writing and media design, and his work has appeared in seven of the nation's 200 largest newspapers.
Most recently, he served as assistant managing editor of the Sun Journal in New Bern and has held editor positions at the Kinston Free Press, The Daily News of Jacksonville and the Wilson Daily Times.
Although Wooten has spent the majority of his professional career in the eastern part of the state, he sees a mountain of opportunity in Ashe County as editor of the county's paper of choice.
"Coming here is an opportunity to step up to being an editor at a community newspaper," Wooten said. "I think it's a beautiful area of the state, and there is a challenge here that I'm ready to embrace."
Part of that challenge will be to enhance how the AMT informs and entertains its readers.
"I think our readers will continue to know our paper as the one of record in the county, and nobody cares about this community more than we do," he added. "We will bring them news that's important, that's interesting and is useful in their lives. Our readers are most important to us."
Tom Mayer, executive editor of Mountain Times Publications, the umbrella organization for Ashe Mountain Times, is excited about the talent and expertise Wooten brings to Ashe County.
"Alan's experience with community journalism will help us tell the stories that need to be told in Ashe County - stories that connect readers with readers, but also connect readers with the movers and shakers of our community," Mayer said. "Under his leadership, our readers can expect a strong editorial stance and direction."
AMT general manager Rex Goss believes Wooten will be a welcome addition to the staff in helping the paper continue its tradition of community-driven journalism.
"He brings experience in both daily and weekly newspapers, and his talents will enhance our efforts to be the complete newspaper Ashe County deserves," Goss said. "It doesn't hurt that he is small-town North Carolina born and raised."
When he finds respite from his editorial duties, Wooten enjoys playing golf and attending live music events in addition to maintaining an active church life.
"I'm just real excited to be here," Wooten said. "I'm looking forward to working with the community and will welcome their feedback."
Alan Wooten can be reached at the AMT office by calling (336) 246-6397 or by email at (firstname.lastname@example.org)