10 to Watch in 2019: Josh Bergeron
Hometown: “It’s complicated because I’ve moved around a lot.”
Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Favorite book: “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
Who would play you in a movie: Seth Rogen
What would you want for your last meal: Crawfish
Biggest personal challenge in 2019: “Building on the strong foundation of the Salisbury Post to turn it into something even better than it already is. I’m looking forward to working on that and hearing from the community about what they want to see in their hometown newspaper. As part of that, I’ll be focused on figuring out how to produce local news when people are increasingly turning online instead of to print.”
What’s one thing you think the Rowan community most needs to work on this year: “With economic growth at our doorstep, we must begin to think about what kind of community we want to be. Rowan County has long thought about Charlotte’s growth extending into Rowan County, and that seems like a real possibility now. We have to make sure that economic growth works for all people who live here.”
Who will you be watching in 2019: “Particularly because it’s an election year, I’ll be watching the Salisbury City Council.”
What’s your reaction to being named as one of the “10 to Watch”: “I don’t think I am worthy, but I’m honored.”
After 25 years with Elizabeth Cook at the helm of the Salisbury Post newsroom, North Carolina native Josh Bergeron will take over upon Cook’s retirement.
Bergeron was born on Fort Bragg and moved several times as a result of his father’s service in the Army.
Bergeron graduated from Louisiana State University in 2013 and worked as a reporter at the Natchez Democrat in Mississippi and the Selma Times-Journal in Alabama before he joined the Salisbury Post in August 2014. While at the Post, Bergeron covered county government and politics.
Bergeron won several awards from the N.C. Press Association for business writing, beat news reporting and city/county government reporting. He’s won other awards for editorials, election and political reporting, news enterprise reporting, news feature writing and videos.
He was promoted to associate editor in early 2017. Bergeron left for Frankfort, Kentucky, later that year after being named managing editor of The State Journal, a paper affiliated with The Salisbury Post through Boone Newspapers. Bergeron spent 14 months in Frankfort.
Bergeron said his biggest personal hope for 2019 is to figure out how to make news work in the digital age. He hopes to focus on what readers and nonreaders are looking for in local news and continue the Post’s tradition of being the go-to source of news for Rowan County.
— Shavonne Walker