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Letter from the Editor

Welcome to The Greenville Guardian! I’m so glad you’re here! To set the mood for the in-depth journalism you’ll find when you visit The Guardian, I’ll give you the who, what, where, when, and why of it.


First, who is involved in creating The Greenville Guardian? It was created after three citizens eager to see more in-depth local news coverage came together. Those three citizens: Anthony Noel, a veteran journalist with a lot of expertise and a great excitement for an advisory role; Derek Maher, a scholar, a professor, and an independent news junkie enthusiastic about Greenville embracing its own independent news source; and finally, me, The Greenville Guardian’s Editor.

A bit about me: I was born and raised in Goldsboro, NC and made a circuitous path to Greenville where I studied Philosophy and Classics. My next stop was Iowa City, IA where I collected a graduate degree in Latin. While I was in graduate school, I was fortunate to work as an Editorial Assistant for an academic journal. It was my hope to go into editing after leaving school. Alas, it was not to be. I took a couple of different teaching jobs, where I found myself constantly inspired by the interest teenagers show in understanding the world around them. Thoughts of working in editing persisted, nevertheless. After an insidious job loss in the Fall of 2010 and subsequent period of unemployment, I was able to do something I’d wanted to do for a long time: invest some time in learning about my city. I’d tried to do this before, but found it difficult to get clear answers. One of my motivations for participating in this project is to help others in that situation – people who’d like to know what’s going on, but don’t have the time or interest in tracking down the stories for themselves. I am very excited to be the Editor of The Greenville Guardian.

The final but critical piece is YOU. Our emphasis on citizen journalism will allow the readers to highlight stories they think will be important, useful, or interesting to other readers. Are you concerned about the lack of public awareness regarding a particular piece of legislation? Do you love to attend performances and tell others about them? Do you have a special interest in the ramifications of new zoning ordinances near your neighborhood? If you are interested in being a citizen journalist, we can help you in the process. (See ‘Support’ for more information.)

Second, who is The Greenville Guardian for? It’s for anyone who lives, works, or just enjoys spending time in Greenville, NC.


You’ll be able to turn to The Greenville Guardian anytime you wonder what’s going on in Greenville – whether your query is related to how city council voted on funding for a park, or whether you’re wondering if there’s anything fun/educational going on this weekend.

The Greenville Guardian is dedicated to bringing the people in Greenville in-depth coverage and discussion of key issues that affect the people who live, work, and recreate here. We want to see Greenville not just get larger, but thrive. We believe this will only happen if citizens are valued, neighborhoods are strong, locally-owned businesses are nurtured, and the environment protected.

As civic, cultural, recreational, educational, and vocational opportunities play a key role in supporting a thriving, sustainable society, you will find links to events’ calendars from organizations throughout the city.


The Guardian won’t be publishing new articles on a dictated timeline, but will be covering key issues as they arise and as our devoted citizen journalists research and write.


Here:! Come often; read deeply; tell your friends!


To bring critical information to the citizens of Greenville so that they may be more aware, more active, and so that we may all work together to make a better Greenville for ourselves and for the future.

See ‘About Us‘ for more information.

We want to hear from you. Please leave a comment or send an email if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

Lisa Wilbourne
The Greenville Guardian

Responses (3)

  1. Carol Williams says:

    I just finished reading about 6 articles written over a 2 month period–5 interviews with Wayne Bowers and the article about the Neighborhood Association meeting. All were excellent–interesting and well-written. I am so grateful to have this new “newspaper” up and running. Keep up the good work!

  2. Thomas Herron says:

    Well done!

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