Meet Laura Hackett, BPR's Asheville and Buncombe County reporter
Area journalist Laura Hackett joined BPR in June 2023, with a dedication to service and mission-driven work for the community she calls home.
Team BPR: Tell us about yourself, Laura.
Laura: I’m BPR’s Asheville and Buncombe County reporter. I’ve lived in Asheville since 2017 and before joining the team here, worked at several other publications in town, including Mountain Xpress and AVLtoday.
A few of my beats include city and county government, public safety, and affordable housing. I love being a reporter and I’m grateful to have the opportunity to do this work for my community.
Team BPR: What attracts you to work in public media and for Blue Ridge Public Radio?
Laura: I think that everyone should have the opportunity to get engaged with what’s happening in their community, and I believe that BPR provides a great service for all of Western North Carolina in its mission to share fair, inclusive, and curiosity-driven stories.
Beyond the mission-driven work, I choose to work at BPR because I love our team. My colleagues have a high standard of editorial integrity and respect for our community – not to mention, they are also cool and hilarious.
Team BPR: When you’re not behind the mic or working on a story, what do you enjoy doing?
Laura: Cooking is a huge passion of mine. I have dozens of cookbooks piled in my home office and I love testing out new techniques in the kitchen, exploring Asheville’s markets for inspiration, and riffing off whatever random ingredients happen to be in my fridge.
I love having friends and family over for homecooked meals and cocktails. Since I have a very energetic hound dog, I also spend a lot of time at the French Broad River dog park and on Asheville’s local greenways and trail systems.
Team BPR: What are you currently reading?
Laura: I just finished the novel Yellowface by R.F. Huang – which was an absolutely wild ride -- and now I’m reading The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. I’m also working my way through the latest edition of The Atlantic.