MTP honors reporter
Mountain Times Publications honored one of its own Wednesday.
Twelve-year veteran Watauga Democrat reporter Scott Nicholson was named Employee of the Quarter.
It's been a busy year for Nicholson, also a novelist, who just published his 10th novel, "The Skull Ring."
At the Watauga Democrat, Nicholson is known for his careful analysis of local government, as well as compelling series, such as the six-part "Youth Risk Behavioral Survey" on the hidden lives of local high school students.
"I have a great job.... this beats working for a living," Nicholson joked, but it's a job he takes seriously.
"I get to see a lot of the community and meet people I would never otherwise get to meet. I really do believe in what we do. I feel honored that the community trusts me to present what's happening with our officials and our local organizations, and I'm really happy with the relationships I've developed."
"Almost daily I get feedback from members of the community about the quality of Scott's work and his dedication to his work," MTP publisher Gene Fowler said. "I am proud to have Scott as a member of our team and expect great things from him in the future."
Watauga Democrat editor Jason Reagan mimics his admiration.
"Scott represents everything a modern journalist should be," Reagan said. "He's dedicated to accuracy, fairness and getting the stories behind the stories. We are very fortunate to have him as both a reporter and a member of our community."
They're not the only ones proud of Nicholson.
"Sometimes my daughter, Miranda, comes with me and takes pictures, and she's really proud that her dad is a newspaper writer," Nicholson said.
Nicholson is just honored to be part of something he considers so important.
"People, they still clip out the newspaper articles," he said. "That's sort of the record of the community and their lives. Everyone wants to be in the newspaper, and when you can put someone in the paper, it's a really special feeling ... there's at least one person who cares about every single story."
When not writing, Nicholson enjoys organic gardening. He can be reached at (email@example.com)