Mountain Xpress

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Mountain Xpress
Mountain Xpress cover.jpg
Type Alternative weekly
Format Tabloid
Publisher Jeff Fobes
Language English
Headquarters 2 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801
United States
Circulation 28,565[1]

The Mountain Xpress is an alternative newspaper covering news, arts, local politics, and events in Asheville and western North Carolina. Published each Wednesday in print and online, it has a print circulation of about 29,000.[1] The Mountains Xpress is one of 130 member newspapers of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies.

Mission statement[edit]

The newspaper's mission is "To build community and strengthen democracy by serving an active, thoughtful readership at the local level – where the impact of citizen action is greatest." [1]

Weekly columns[edit]

News (with a heavy focus on Buncombe County Commission and Asheville City Council), Opinion & Letters, Arts & Entertainment, Green Scene (environmental-news feature), Cranky Hanke (movie reviews from noted film critic and author Ken Hanke), Edgy Mama (feature on "parenting from the edge" by mommy blogger Anne Fitten Glenn), Food and Drink, Conscious Party (feature on local benefits), Outdoors, Gardening (a seasonal feature), Asheville Disclaimer (full-page satirical feature). Other sections include: Cartoons (including local cartoons by Molton, Brent Brown and Tooth & Jaw by Johnny Cantrell), Clubland (live music listings), Community Calendar, Classifieds and Personals. Online-only features include: Asheville Street Style ("a photographic record of Asheville's unique and evolving DIY fashion"), Sightlines (local theatre reviews), Book Report (book reviews and literary news), Xpress Files (City of Asheville documents, Buncombe County documents, court documents etc.), Screening Room and Weekly Reeler (both movie-related columns by Ken Hanke), Just the Bands (regional band pages).

Best of WNC[edit]

The Xpress publishes an annual "Best of WNC" listing the best restaurants, businesses, and activities in the Asheville area, based on a readers' poll.

Other Xpress guides to the area include Asheville Eats & Drinks, the WNC Green Building Directory, and supplements on the Asheville Film Festival, Bele Chere Festival, Women in Business and more.


  1. ^ a b "Mountain Xpress". Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. Retrieved 2006-02-12. 

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