Karrigan Monk takes over as Black Mountain News community reporter

Staff reports

The UNC Asheville pipeline brings another reporter to Black Mountain News.

Karrigan Monk, a 2018 UNCA graduate, is the new community reporter for Black Mountain News.

Monk replaces Ezra Maille, a UNCA graduate who left the paper at the end of July to pursue an advanced degree.

Karrigan Monk

Monk, who graduated cum laude in 2018 with a major in mass communication and a minor in literature, had been part of the sports department of the Asheville Citizen Times since 2019.

"I fell in love with journalism after taking an introduction course my sophomore year, and I've been writing ever since," she said.

Monk is no stranger to Black Mountain News. She has covered a number of topics in the Swannanoa Valley over the last three years, filling in during reporter absences. She also picked up some coverage for sister paper Hendersonville Times-News.

"Karrigan's experience extends beyond sports," editor Todd Runkle said. "She came in cold and handled several news-related stories for us, quickly seeing the big picture. Her writing is sharp and lively, and she has good news judgment. I'm excited about the future of Black Mountain News in Karrigan's hands, and I'm sure readers will appreciate what she'll bring to coverage of the Swannanoa Valley."

Monk expressed her enthusiasm for moving into her new role.

"I'm excited to join the Black Mountain News team as the communities reporter," she said. "I've heard from many that Black Mountain loves its newspaper, and I look forward to carrying on that tradition."

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"I believe local journalism is integral to a community, and I will do my best to handle the news with the integrity it deserves," she said. "My goal with Black Mountain News is to tell the stories of the community and provide them with unbiased news they can rely on."