John's arrival adds additional editing firepower to this distinguished group, which is led by Matea Gold and whose members have won Pulitzer Prizes three out of the last four years. In his new position, John will focus on federal government accountability coverage while also working on stories about President Trump's business interests, the Russia inquiry and other core subjects for the team.
John was executive editor in Raleigh for 10 years until January, when he became The N&O's opinion editor. He also has served as managing editor of The News & Observer and of The State in Columbia, S.C., and previously worked for The Charlotte Observer for 12 years in various reporting and editing jobs.
Throughout his career, John has been a champion of public-service investigative journalism, safeguarding the N&O's strong tradition of accountability reporting even as the newsroom shrank. The paper's "Prognosis: Profits" report about the state's nonprofit hospitals (a collaboration with the Charlotte Observer) was a Pulitzer finalist in 2013. The N&O's seven years of reporting on an academic and athletic scandal at the University of North Carolina uncovered many of the abuses later documented by outside investigators.
John earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in public policy from Duke University. He is the author of the 2000 book, “Triumph of Good Will: How Terry Sanford Beat a Champion of Segregation and Reshaped the South,” about the former North Carolina governor and U.S. senator. He and his wife, Deanna, have three daughters in their 20s. John’s first day will be Jan. 22. Please join us in welcoming him to The Post.