Learn about Compass – local news in a new world

Scott Barker, Co-founder of Compass

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.

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Meeting Details

  • When: 8 am
  • Where: Emerald Youth Foundation (1718 Central St.)
  • Zoom option available – email nkbpa.info@gmail.com for the link before Friday’s meeting.

Meeting Schedule for 2022

Mark your calendars for this year’s meetings. Join us on the 2nd Friday, of every month at 8am.

Here are the dates to add to your calendar:

  • January 14
  • February 11
  • March 11
  • April 8
  • May 13
  • June 10
  • July 8
  • August 12
  • September 9
  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9

Locations and upcoming speakers to be determined. We hope you can join us.