Mountain Xpress
  • P.O. Box 144
  • Asheville, North Carolina 28802
  • Phone: (828) 251-1333
  • Fax: (828) 251-1311
  • Circulation: 28,377 (as of September 2010)
  • Audited By: Verified Audit Circulation
  • Publication Day: Every Wednesday
  • Market Served: Asheville & surrounding counties
  • National Advertising: Alternative Weekly Network
Mountain Xpress is the keen-eyed, eloquent voice of the Asheville metro area (pop. 225,000) and surrounding southern Appalachian counties, providing an indispensable guide for residents and visitors alike.

We focus on local politics, civic issues and the area's vibrant arts- and-entertainment scene — reporting the news with a magazine flair. Our opinion section offers a popular forum for the debate of local issues, thanks in large part to the lively submissions of our readers, who constitute a diverse blend of the region's most active and independent-minded residents. We also publish the area's most comprehensive calendar — a one-stop guide to what's happening in the region.

While the bulk of our readers are 25-to-49 years old, Mountain Xpress is read by a diverse audience that includes a 21 percent readership over age 60. Our readers are, primarily, active professionals who enjoy a greater-than-average amount of leisure time.

The paper's editorial goal is to provide a forum for debate and to help citizens of all political persuasions play an active part in the community.
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Recent AAN Awards

2010 Multimedia, 1st Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Mountain Xpress Staff & Contributors
2007 Ad Design, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Mountain Xpress staff
2007 Column, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 55000) by Mark Jamison
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 21-34 (29.0%)
 35-49 (29.0%)
 50-plus (42.0%)

 F: 65%
 M: 35%
Attended College:

Graduated College:
Occupation Professional/ Managerial:

Median Household Income:

Source: Readers Survey, 2004; UNC-Asheville poll, 2003


Title Name Email address*
Publisher Jeff Fobes ---
Assistant to the Publisher & Advertising Manager Susan Hutchinson ---
Managing Editor Margaret Williams ---
IT Manager Stefan Colosimo ---
Office Manager Patty Levesque ---
A&E Editor Alli Marshall ---
Distribution Manager Jeff Tallman ---
Senior News Reporter David Forbes ---
Design Department manager Megan Kirby ---

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Recent Articles

Breaking the Code: Gender Stereotypes Hinder Women in Tech Fields

In 2011, women held 57 percent of all professional positions in the country but only 25 percent of technology jobs, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics. Does the Asheville, N.C. area buck the trend, and why should it matter?
Mountain Xpress  |  Caitlin Byrd  |  11-07-2013  |  Tech

Rampant Poaching Threatens Ginseng's Survival

With wild ginseng root fetching upward of $800 a pound, untold numbers of poachers have taken to local forests, overwhelming meager law enforcement resources and leaving the plant's survival in doubt.
Mountain Xpress  |  Jake Frankel  |  09-04-2013  |  Environment
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Recent Blog Posts

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Mountain Xpress  |  04-04-2014  |  MountainX: Blogs

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Photos by Alicia Funderburk In a special April 3 election, Buncombe County Democratic leaders picked community activist Terry Van Duyn...
Mountain Xpress  |  04-03-2014  |  MountainX: Blogs

Asheville City Council preview: housing for the homeless and tech for the economy

While Asheville City Council’s meeting next Tuesday, April 8, doesn’t include any hot-button public hearings, it does include projects meant...
Mountain Xpress  |  04-03-2014  |  MountainX: Blogs
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