Longtime Exchange editor passes away


Scott Witten, a journalist and editor for many publications throughout his career, died Sept. 2 at 51 years old.

Witten dedicated 30 years to his journalism career at The Robesonian in Lumberton, N.C. before taking an editorial position at a weekly paper in Red Springs, and then years later at The Laurinburg Exchange. The North Carolina Press Association recognized Witten many times for his award-winning writing.

One of the topics Witten was passionate about covering included the Scotland County NAACP Youth ACT-SO organization, which works with local adolescents to build their leadership skills, teach them community service and provide them with scholarships.

Witten was remembered by the people that were written about in his stories and community members as well as his colleagues at the many publications he worked for.

“Scott was a good writer who really wanted to get to the root of most issues,” State Rep. Garland Pierce said. “He was very intelligent, a good guy and I always enjoyed talking with him.”

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