Special Announcement, January 2022

The news you need from the people you know

By Kim Hasty

Photography by Tony Wooten

At CityView Media, we have dedicated ourselves to our vision of bringing you “good stories that matter.” We have worked earnestly to gain your trust through honest storytelling, beautiful photographs and coverage of many of the outstanding, interesting and hard-working people in this community.

This month, we are broadening our scope with a pioneering digital news division, CityView TODAY. Through this initiative, we are expanding our commitment to our readership and to our community. We begin this endeavor after much thought, planning and with the addition of a team of award-winning and seasoned journalists. At a time when newspapers across the country are struggling, CityView is nevertheless resolute in the belief that coverage of local governments is critical. We believe that it is nothing less than dangerous for news organizations to abdicate their role as watchdog over public officials and community integrity.

“This initiative will help combat the growing news deserts in our community and help ensure transparency and openness in our local government,” said Publisher Tony Chavonne, who spent 25 years with The Fayetteville Observer and purchased CityView Magazine in 2020.

Through CityView TODAY, we believe we will be bringing you the news you need from the people you know. Lorry Williams, who became the first woman to hold the position of executive editor at The Fayetteville Observer and spent more than 30 years as a journalist, will lead the news division as editor. She is a native of Cumberland County and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Williams said she is excited to be part of CityView TODAY.

“It’s our job to provide information in a fair and balanced manner,’’ she said. “We want to give the community access to the news it needs to make informed decisions. Our focus is local government, reporting on elected officials and how their decisions impact our community.’’

Among other staff members and contributors are nationally recognized investigative journalist Greg Barnes, veteran columnist Bill Kirby Jr., who is already a contributor to CityView Magazine, and reporter Michael Futch, an esteemed storyteller in his own right.

News stories will be available online at cityviewtoday.com and will be emailed daily through our daily briefings. If you would like to have your copy of CityView TODAY delivered each day to your inbox, please email subscribe@cityviewnc.com or go to cityviewnc.com or cityviewtoday.com and enter your contact information.

Please know that the news division will be separate from CityView Magazine, which will continue in its established role as a vibrant publication dedicated to living up to the tagline printed on every issue: “Inform. Involve. Inspire.”

CITYVIEW TODAY STAFF

Lorry Williams | Editor

lwilliams@cityviewnc.com 910-423-6500, Ext. 319

Lorry Williams spent more than 30 years as an editor and reporter before joining CityView TODAY. She most recently served as the executive editor at The Fayetteville Observer, the first woman to hold that position. She served in a number of other editing and reporting jobs on numerous beats at the Observer. A native of Cumberland County, she has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Michael Futch | Reporter

mfutch@cityviewnc.com 910-423-6500, Ext. 347

Michael Futch began his career in the newspaper business in 1979. He spent more than 30 years at The Fayetteville Observer, covering news, business, features, sports and government. He most recently worked at the Bladen Journal in Elizabethtown. He covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY.

CityView TODAY CONTRIBUTORS

Greg Barnes | Investigative Reporter

GregBarnes401@gmail.com

Greg Barnes worked as an investigative reporter and editor at The Fayetteville Observer for about 30 years before retiring in 2018. That year, he was named Gatehouse Media’s News Writer of the Year. A year earlier, Gatehouse named him Beat Reporter of the Year. He most recently worked as a freelance reporter for three years at NC Health News, where he wrote extensively on contaminated drinking water and other environmental health issues.

Jason Canady | Reporter

jcanady@cityviewnc.com

Jason Canady is an award-winning writer from Fayetteville. He has written for CityView Magazine and most recently worked in the University Relations Department at Methodist University. He covers Hope Mills government for CityView TODAY.

Bill Kirby Jr. | Columnist

billkirby49@gmail.com

Bill Kirby Jr. is a veteran journalist who spent 49 years as a newspaper editor, reporter and columnist covering Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the Cape Fear Region for The Fayetteville Observer. He most recently has written for CityView Magazine.

Jami McLaughlin | Reporter

jmclaughlin@cityviewnc.com

Jami McLaughlin writes about Spring Lake for CityView TODAY. She is a freelance multimedia journalist with deep family roots in Spring Lake and in Cumberland County. She has written for the Greater Fayetteville Business Journal, Up & Coming Weekly and The Fayetteville Observer and has written the blog Fayetteville Area Mom on the Go since 2018. She served as the mayor pro tem and a Spring Lake alderman from 2003-2007. She is a graduate of East Carolina University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications, and Central Michigan University, where she earned a master’s degree in administration.

Keyona Smith | Reporter

ksmith@cityviewnc.com

Keyona Smith covers Cumberland County government for CityView TODAY. She is a freelance multimedia journalist who recently graduated from Fayetteville State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and media studies. As a daughter of a retired veteran and as a current U.S. Army Reserve public affairs specialist, she has a special love for Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. She has contributed to The Fayetteville Observer and the Fayetteville State Broncos Sports Network