ELKIN — Bill Colvard has been named editor of The Elkin Tribune, The Yadkin Ripple, and On The Vine Magazine.
The Elkin native and former local business owner assumes the post after serving five years as a reporter for The Mount Airy News.
Earlier this year, Colvard was singled out for his popular weekly column in The News by the North Carolina Press Association when he took first place in the Serious Columns category of the association’s annual press awards. He’ll be writing his column for the Elkin Tribune now, though it will continue to appear in The Mount Airy News.
“I can’t honestly say that being the editor of a small town newspaper has been a lifelong goal, as I came late in life to a career in journalism,” said Colvard, “but I can very sincerely say that I can’t think of anything I’d rather be doing right now.”
“We are so fortunate to have Bill accept the editor position for these publications,” said Sandra Hurley, who serves as Mount Airy Media Group regional publisher. “His dedication to the area runs deep. Over the past five years, he has shown such compassion for our readers while sharing their stories, and a passion for confirming the truth and making sure it is known.”
As editor, Colvard will oversee the weekly editorial content and production of The Tribune and The Ripple, as well as editing copy and contributing articles to the two publications, and he’ll oversee the content of elkintribune.com and yadkinripple.com. In addition, Colvard will offer leadership in developing the quarterly lifestyle magazine, On The Vine.
Prior to taking on the reporter’s post in Mount Airy, Colvard spent 20 years in the fashion industry in New York, working as an haute couture designer and patternmaker before returning to his hometown of Elkin where he was owner of a custom design company, Couture Design Group, and co-owner of the West Main Street boutique, Love & Scandal. He resides in Jonesville, or as he prefers to call it, “the Left Bank.”
“With the national media facing unprecedented challenges, it’s never been more important for the local press to play its role in the community,” said Colvard.
“We do everything from letting folks know who was born and who died to holding town hall accountable. A study presented at Yale University last year showed that in communities where a newspaper closed, government costs went up. Our role is an important one, and I am excited to be part of that. And being a part of it in my hometown is especially exciting. It’s a real honor. It has taken a very circuitous route to get me here — an almost circular one — but it feels like I’m in the right place, the place I’m supposed to be.”
Colvard takes the position left vacant by Wendy Wood, who left in May.