Scott Carroll

Asheville Watchdog

Reporter Profile

Scott Carroll covers reparations, social justice, homelessness and related issues for the Asheville Watchdog, a nonprofit news organization based in Asheville, North Carolina. Prior to this, he worked at The News-Review in Roseburg, Oregon, where he was projects editor and reported on business and local government. He won nine awards from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in 2021, including being named the best writer in the state. Carroll spent 17 years at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida, as a reporter and then an editor. He has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of New Mexico and a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida.

Beat: Asheville's reparations plan

City officials this year will determine how Asheville will implement its pledge to offer reparations to the Black community, which was decimated by urban renewal. Issues to cover include affordable housing, cost of living, low Black educational achievement, policy reform, and a growing Latino community in the low-wage service sectors.