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Josh Awtry is the vice president for news for Gannett's Carolinas region and executive editor of the Asheville Citizen-Times and the Greenville News. Prior to his current assignment, he was the executive editor of the Fort Collins Coloradoan.
Awtry's work in newsroom innovation has been featured nationally by, among others, The Columbia Journalism Review, The Society for News Design and The Poynter Institute. He believes in rich dialogue between news outlets and the communities they serve by listening to in-depth data and old-fashioned discourse. Through audience analysis and open ears, news teams can focus their resources on the enterprise journalism that matters most to lead and improve a community.
He received Gannett's Innovator of the Year award for 2012 for revamping the way a newspaper interacts with its hometown. He has also received back-to-back awards as the Innovator of the Year in 2012 and 2013 from the Colorado Press Association.
Awtry's career began as a copy editor in Grand Island, Nebraska. He has worked at newspapers in Colorado, Idaho, Utah and the Carolinas. He currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, with his recovering journalist of a wife and their two kids.