Jenkins, 49, has spent a majority of his career at The Post, beginning as an education reporter in 1999. Over the course of 17 years, Jenkins covered a wide range of beats for The Post, including government, business and the city of Kannapolis. Jenkins later moved into an editorial role for the newspaper.
A native of Oak Hill, West Virginia, and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Jenkins spent six years after high school serving in the National Guard before attending college.
Jenkins is the father of his 15-year-old son, Edik, who he adopted at age 11 from the Ukraine and is also an avid hiker and mountain biker. Jenkins said he hopes to soon learn how to play the banjo.
He began his journalism career at The Daily Independent — now the Independent Tribune — in Kannapolis, and developed an appreciation for the role of community newspapers.
“I believe in community journalism because it has a real impact on people’s everyday lives,” Jenkins said.
“We live where we work,” he added. “We care about our community, the local government, the schools that our kids attend and I think that’s important.”
Jenkins said he is in the beginning stages of moving to Davidson County and said he is excited to take over at The Dispatch.
“I know Lexington has been a good paper,” he said. “As long as I have been living across the river from it, I’ve been reading it. I’m excited about being a part of that and being a part of the community.”
After leading an extensive search for the newspaper’s new editor, Paul Mauney, group publisher for The Dispatch, The Times-News in Burlington and the Asheboro Courier-Tribune, said he feels strongly that Jenkins will be the perfect fit.
“I am confident he is going to do a fantastic job in this really important leadership role, both here at The Dispatch and in Davidson County,” Mauney said. “Based on his history and his experience, he had exactly what I was looking for.
“I think he is going to be a good fit, both in The Dispatch family and in the community because he’s such a nice guy.”
Mauney echoed Jenkins’ stance on community journalism and the role an editor can play in that relationship.
“It’s incredibly important because we have to have somebody in that role that people know,” he said. “Because they need to be able to trust that they are being fair and balanced in reporting and everything that we do here from a news perspective. And I think Scott has those qualities.”
Jenkins will lead The Dispatch’s news coverage throughout Davidson County and will write regular columns and editorials reflecting on issues relevant to the community.