CityView Media LLC
Publisher: Tony Chavonne
Tony Chavonne is a Fayetteville native and business school graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He is a CPA and a Realtor, retiring as General Manager of the Fayetteville Observer in 2004. Tony was elected mayor of Fayetteville in 2005 and served four terms ending in 2013. He and his family own and manage several successful businesses in addition to CityView Media LLC.
He brings a diverse background of media management, business development and public service to his role as publisher of CityView. He enjoys spending time at Holden Beach with his family and beloved grandchildren.
Editor: Kim Hasty
Kim Hasty is a 1982 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she enrolled in every class available that had the word sports in the title. It was there that she learned to translate her love of sports into rectangles of type.
She was a sportswriter for The Fayetteville Observer for 11 years, covering eight ACC Basketball Tournaments and seven NCAA Final Fours. She thought sports made the best stories until she married David Hasty and began having children. She then spent the next 25 years as a lifestyle columnist, while picking up Froot Loops stuck to the floor and chasing lizards out of the house.
She spent two years as Director of University Relations at Methodist University before becoming editor at CityView in January. She still loves sports, but now her favorite is the mixed doubles tennis she plays with her husband.
Columnist: Bill Kirby Jr.
You came to know Bill Kirby Jr. as a face and voice over your morning coffee for nearly five decades as a newspaperman who wrote from the heart about our All American City to include local personalities, your neighborhoods, your neighbors, city and county government, and just about every story in between.
And now you’ll find Bill Kirby Jr. in our CityView Magazine in each monthly publication and the weekly CityView newsletter.
“A consistent, articulate and delightful commentator on the wonderful city we share,” Coy Brewer, a former Cumberland County Superior Court judge, wrote on our CityView Facebook page with the announcement in May that the award-winning journalist would be reuniting with publisher Tony Chavonne and editor Kim Hasty and become a part of the CityView team.
Bill Kirby Jr., 71, attended East Carolina University from 1970-1973 before embarking on his long newspaper career as an original member of The Fayetteville Times, and later the consolidated Fayetteville Observer newspaper, where he would serve as sports editor, community news editor and Metro Columnist and a Metro Editor. He earned his degree in 1977 from Methodist University.
When it comes to this community, he’s an encyclopedia of knowledge and history. He knows your parents, your grandparents and likely your great-grandparents, too. And you and your children. He has a receptive ear for your thoughts and whatever is on your mind.
He’s a familiar face.
He’s a storyteller.
He’s a voice you surely can trust and depend upon.
Operations Manager: Ashlee Cleveland
Ashlee graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2002, where she majored in marketing and minored in sociology. She tagged along when the Army brought her husband here in 2006 and their love for this community has kept them here during their life after army.
Ashlee has been involved with CityView almost as long as she’s lived here. She’s taken extended leave twice: once to have her second child and again a few years later to try her hand as a stay at home mom. She loves being a part of the amazing CityView team; sharing in publishing all the good stories taking place in our community.
When she’s not managing operations within CityView she’s managing them for her family. She’s an active member of First Presbyterian Church and enjoys being a part of their Children’s Ministry Committee and a part of First Prez MomsNext.
Social Media & Design Coordinator: Melissa Nelson
Melissa attended Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama, where she majored in English literature. She was editor of the university newspaper and a member of the Student Government Association.
Her marketing background includes working with iconic American brands, Indian Motorcycle and Chris-Craft Boats. She also published a modern homesteading magazine that focused on sustainable living.
When not at work, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, volunteering, hiking, painting, writing and meditating. She’s an active member of Beth Israel Synagogue and teaches Religious School.
Photographer: Matthew Wonderly
Art Director: Annette Winter
Marshall Waren: Account Executive
Marshall Waren is a Fayetteville native who graduated from then-Fayetteville High School (now Terry Sanford High School) in 1967. He went on to study accounting at then-Elon College (now Elon University). He worked at Pilot Life for 10 years before becoming president and CEO of Employee Benefit Systems, Inc. in 1980. He sold EBS to Eben Concepts in 2002 and started William George Printing, LLC, which led to the creation of CityView Magazine in 2003. He sold William George Printing in 2009 and sold CityView magazine to CityView Media in December 2019.
He enjoys studying the Bible, including hosting a longtime Bible study group, and reading books about golf. He started playing golf at age 9 and played regularly for 53 years, winning six club championships. He no longer plays due to back and knee problems, but treasures the memories and friendships the game afforded him. Currently he is an account executive for CityView.
He and his wife Sandee have been married 50 years. They have a son, Hughes, and two grandsons. They established the Bob Waren Award at The Fayetteville Academy in memory of their late son Bob, who died of cancer at the age of 31. The award recognizes students with outstanding accomplishments in academics, athletics and leadership.
Robin Wiggs : Account Executive
Fayetteville native Robin Wiggs was thrilled to return to her hometown after several years in Atlanta and enthusiastically joined CityView in the fall of 2007 as an account executive. Robin delights in every aspect of our community, especially the Fayetteville Symphony, Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Junior League. She currently serves on the boards of the Lafayette Society and the Fayetteville Animal Protection Society.
An avid golfer and tennis player, Robin was awarded a tennis scholarship to Peace College upon graduation from Terry Sanford High School. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is loyal supporter of the Tar Heels. She is also licensed by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. When not enjoying her volunteer services or tennis with friends, Robin can be found walking her two fox terriers around Haymount.
Jessica Lallier: Account Executive
Jessica Lallier is a Fayetteville native who graduated from Terry Sanford High School in 2006. She went on to graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in exercise and sport science in 2010. In 2014, she earned a master’s degree from Lenoir Ryhne University in occupational therapy.
Jessica moved back to Fayetteville in 2016 with her husband, Cory, and their two labradoodles. When not working at City View or as an occupational therapist, she enjoys planning events, being outside, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and most recently, spending time with her newborn son.
John M Jones: Distribution
John M. Jones, CityView’s distribution manager, is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 1972 graduate of Massey Hill High School. He attended Tab products sales and marketing training in Puerto Alto, California in 1975. He was sales manager for Fayetteville Publishing Company from 1984 to 1998 and vice president and co-owner of Advantage Newspaper Consultants from 1998 to 2020. He splits his time these days between his homes in Hope Mills and Bay Tree Lakes.