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Jack Betts is a journalist and columnist for the Charlotte Observer, where he holds the title Associate Editor. He is based in Raleigh, North Carolina and writes primarily on topics related to North Carolina government and politics. Betts and his wife Martha live near Dan, Virginia.[1]



Betts graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1968.


After graduating college, Betts served as a photographer in the United States Army. He then became a Washington correspondent for Greensboro Daily News, Roanoke Times, and Norfolk Virginia-Plot. He was also an editor of North Carolina Insight magazine while also being a member of the editorial board of the Observer. Here he was responsible for writing daily editorials, blogposts, and a weekly column. After working for the Charlotte Observer for 40 years, Betts decided to retire in 2011. Betts now writes a blog called Rocky Knob Blog.[1]

Awards and honorsEdit

Betts has won awards from the North Carolina Press Association and has been inducted into the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c "Jack Betts | Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation". Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  2. ^ "N.C. Journalism Hall of Fame". University of North Carolina. Retrieved May 24, 2012.

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