Blowing Rock News was launched in August 2010, to capture the “heart” of the life and times of Blowing Rock and its surrounding communities. In addition to local government, business trends, special events and cultural features coverage, including thought-provoking opinion pieces, Blowing Rock News’ content features unparalleled, high quality images in almost every story.
No other media outlet in the High Country matches Blowing Rock News’ hard-hitting editorials about municipal government, the Town Council and the Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners. We hold dear our responsibility as journalists not only to keep our readers informed, but to hold our elected leaders accountable for their actions. That is one of journalism’s jobs in a representative form of government.
We pride ourselves in comprehensive Sports coverage, bringing the same level of high quality where possible to every level, whether middle school, high school, college, professional or recreational.
We’ve raised our profile well beyond Blowing Rock.
Because of our demonstrated commitment to high quality coverage, we have been honored to receive reporter and photography credentials for a range of competitions. We were there when Blowing Rock had six athletes qualified to compete in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials for the Men’s and Women’s Marathon in Los Angeles, when no other regional media outlet was there. We were there at Super Bowl 50 in San Francisco when no other High Country media outlet was represented. We’ve been to ACC Football Championships, International Champions Cup (international soccer), CONCACAF Gold Cup (international soccer), Belk Bowl, Camellia Bowl, the New Orleans Bowl, NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships, NCAA Division II National Championships, NASCAR, PGA and more.
In 2019, we received six awards from the North Carolina Press Association.
We have season-long credentials for the Carolina Panthers for all home games and have had representatives for both reporting and photography at away games in Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Seattle.
We have season-long credentials for reporter and photographer for UNC-Charlotte football and basketball, as well as for all sports in which Appalachian State University competes. In covering the Mountaineers, we have been to Penn State University, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, University of Tennessee, Clemson University, East Carolina University, Charlotte, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of South Carolina and Virginia Tech University, among others.
Blowing Rock News was founded by David Rogers, Editor and Publisher, who launched it as a digital-only publication after identifying a market void in hyper-local news and information. He retired from a 37-year career in the financial services industry, where his most significant role was as an institutional equity research professional specializing in the “discovery” of small-cap and micro-cap companies with disruptive technologies at an early stage of their corporate development. His institutional customers included many of the largest money management and mutual fund companies in the world.
In 2016, Rogers was recognized for “Best Writing” by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, alongside sports journalists from Sports Illustrated and The Washington Post. In 2019, Blowing Rock News editors, reporters and photographers received six awards from the North Carolina Press Association, for Arts & Entertainment reporting (MerleFest and Highland Games), Sports News and Feature writing (App State vs. Penn State football), and Sports Photography (App State football, NASCAR, and Charlotte football).
Stay tuned, to see how the Blowing Rock News growth story develops into something more in the years ahead.