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Meet the Staff

Bobby Parker

Assistant editor

Bobby Parker has been in the news business for more than 40 years as a copy editor, writer, page designer, section editor and desk supervisor. As a teenager, he would read two or three newspapers daily because — well, he thought it was important to be informed. He has worked for newspapers in Fayetteville, Wilmington, Salisbury and Sarasota, Fla. A native of Robersonville in eastern North Carolina, he earned a bachelor’s degree at UNC-Wilmington and studied journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Bobby can be contacted at: bparker@cityviewnc.com or 910-423-6500

Lorry Williams


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.

Lorry can be contacted at: lwilliams@cityviewnc.com or 910-423-6500, Ext. 319

Michael Futch


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.

Michael can be contacted at: mfutch@cityviewnc.com or 910-423-6500, Ext. 347


Greg Barnes

Investigative reporter

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.

Greg can be contacted at: gregbarnes401@gmail.com

Jason Canady


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.

Jason can be contacted at: jcanady@cityviewnc.com

Bill Kirby Jr.


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.

Bill can be contacted at: billkirby49@gmail.com