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Campbell joins News-Herald staff

AHOSKIE – Publisher Jeff Findley recently announced the addition of Patrick Campbell to the news staff of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald.

Originally from Wilson, Campbell graduated from James B. Hunt High School in Wilson and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

&uot;Patrick will be an excellent addition to our editorial team at the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald,&uot; Findley said. &uot;He brings a lot of energy and enthusiasm for this job and will do a fine job covering the area.&uot;

Campbell worked as a freelance journalist in Asheville, writing for the Black Mountain News and the Asheville Citizen-Times before coming to Ahoskie.

He also worked for the National Propane Gas Association and the National Automobile Dealers Association in Washington, DC and has volunteered extensively with Habitat for Humanity building houses and leading other volunteers.

&uot;Certainly the newspaper experience Patrick already has under his belt will be a benefit to him,&uot; News-Herald Editor Cal Bryant said. &uot;Also a plus is having a native of eastern North Carolina. He understands the culture of the area as well as having experience in the business.&uot;

Campbell enjoys coaching and playing sports, especially soccer and basketball and was involved in the Boy Scouts while growing up in Wilson and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout.

His parents live in Wilson and he has an older sister who lives and works in Alexandria, VA.

Campbell loves to travel and has lived in a wide variety of places including Quito, Ecuador and Aspen, Colorado.

His love of the outdoors has taken him to National Parks throughout the United States including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Mammoth Cave, Cumberland Gap, Grand Canyon and Redwoods.

&uot;I am excited about returning to the eastern part of the state and I look forward to getting to know the people of the Roanoke-Chowan area,&uot; Campbell said.

He began his duties with the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald on Monday.