Our speaker this month will be Scott Barker the co-founder along with Jesse Fox Mayshark, of Compass, a local news website, and newsletter focusing on government, politics, education, and business (www.compassknox.com).
He was born in Chattanooga and raised in Kingston. After attending Austin Peay State University and the University of Tennessee, he worked in various jobs until he was hired as a reporter at the News Sentinel in 1999. He won numerous national, state, and regional journalism awards as a reporter and editorial page editor over his 18-year stint at the paper. He was the lead reporter of the News Sentinel’s coverage of downtown Knoxville’s redevelopment, Black Wednesday and its aftermath, the Kingston coal ash spill, and other seminal news events over the past two decades.
In 2020, Scott and Jesse were inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He lives in North Knoxville with his wife, Kimberly Jones. His daughter attends the University of Tennessee.