Leadership at The Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple has familiar faces and names, but with some responsibility changes and one new person in the mix.
Rex Goss of West Jefferson recently was named regional publisher and marketing director for Civitas Media’s western North Carolina mountain group, which includes The Tribune, The Yadkin Ripple, The Jefferson Post and other associated publications.
Goss is no stranger to the news business, or the region. He brings a dedication to the newspapers in this area as strong as his community roots. Having grown up in northwestern North Carolina, he’s familiar with the areas served by the paper as well as the growing business community.
“We are pleased to bring Rex back on board,” said Sandra Hurley, regional director for the group. “Rex and I worked together for several years and his experience will be a tremendous asset.”
Hurley was publisher for The Jefferson Post until 1996, when she handed the reigns over to Goss, leaving to work at a sister paper in West Virginia. “It’s really great to see him back home where he belongs — leading our newspapers in this part of the state,” Hurley said.
Goss has a long history of working in community newspapers. He started his media career in 1992 as an advertising manager at The Jefferson Post, and was promoted to publisher in 1996. He went on to work as general manager at The Mount Airy News in 2001, followed by a publisher position at The Newberry Observer in Newberry, South Carolina, and as regional marketing director for Heartland Publications’ South Carolina properties for a span of 10 years. Five years ago, Goss and his wife, Teressa Vannoy Goss, decided to move back home. For the past five years, he has worked for Jones Media as general manager of The Ashe Mountain Times.
Others leading The Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple teams are Holly Lamm, who was recently promoted as general manager and media director at the publications and leads all general business and advertising, and Wendy Byerly Wood, who remains as editor of the two publications and handles all news content for those publications as well as The Pilot newspaper in Pilot Mountain. Other related publications include Yadkin Valley Advertiser and On The Vine magazine.
“I consider myself blessed to land a job with more responsibilities and more impact on our region but still get to work in the industry I enjoy and reside where I grew up — beautiful northwestern North Carolina,” said Goss. “I promise to do my best assisting these publications as they continue to be the eyes for the public and providing our readers the best newspaper possible.”
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with Rex,” said Lamm. “His experience and our leadership at The Tribune and The Yadkin Ripple will help us continue to be a strong group of people and grow our dedication to leading the news industry and being active participants in our communities.”
Goss volunteers as the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce vice chairman, vice president of the West Jefferson Business Association and serves on the West Jefferson Partnership Board.
Lamm, who resides in Elkin with her husband, Scott, and daughters, Cameron and Maggie, is a member of the Yadkin Valley United Fund Board of Directors and the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. She is a member of the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club and a former president and member of the Elkin Jaycees.
Wood resides in Pilot Mountain with her husband, Johnnie, and son, Kourt, and is president of the Pilot Mountain Civic Club and secretary of the Bannertown Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She is a former president and member of the Mount Airy Jaycees.