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.

Register to attend in person

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.

Back to School: Fill the Cart

Support UpTown North teachers and students as they head back to school next week by purchasing items on their Amazon Wishlists!

Belle Morris Elementary School: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1SX57WDN8N17U…

Christenberry Elementary School: https://a.co/jiXzvFn

Fulton High School: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/11O3AC4FYR0Z6…

Spring Hill Elementary School: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/1LLWJCBSCE986…

Whittle Springs Elementary School: https://a.co/gnSOyZ9

December Membership Meeting Canceled

NKBPA Friends,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Sadly, Corona/COVID has caused us to cancel our upcoming December 11th membership meeting. We hope you understand the situation and our need to remain cautious.

*Please look for our Christmas/New Year message along with a report on the decisions of our membership for the officer elections.

**Remember, yearly membership dues are upcoming quickly.

Thank you for your friendship, support, and loyalty to our Strong Community!

George Bove
NKBPA President