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 features[edit]

  • Opinion & Letters, with regular cartoons by Randy Molton & Brent Brown
  • News (covering Buncombe County Commission, Asheville City Council and other local issues)
  • Community Calendar, listing events held by nonprofits and/or noncommercial venues around Western North Carolina[2]
  • Conscious Party (the weekly "fun fundraiser")
  • News of the Weird (bizarre news stories, compiled by Chuck Shepherd[3])
  • Asheville Disclaimer (satire news[4])
  • Wellness (health news)
  • Green Scene (environmental-news feature)
  • Food (covering restaurant, food & beverage news — including "Small Bites" short stories)
  • Beer Scout (local beer & brewery news)
  • On Tap (brewery calendar, listing new beer releases & other events at 18 local breweries[5])
  • Arts & Entertainment (music & art news — including "Smart Bets" short stories)
  • Clubland (live music listings around Western North Carolina[6])
  • Cranky Hanke (movie reviews from noted film critic and author Ken Hanke)
  • Marketplace (classifieds, personals & astrology)

Online-only features include:

  • Screening Room and Weekly Reeler (both movie-related columns by Ken Hanke)
  • Sound Check (exclusive music videos)
  • Faces in the Crowd (crowdfunding initiatives around Western North Carolina)
  • Acoustic Asheville (acoustic exclusive music videos)
  • Stage Sights (concert photos)
  • 30 Days Out (concerts coming up in the next month)
  • CalCast (community calendar podcast)

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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