The Paper promotes Angela Copeland to managing editor

Part of long-term strategy to ensure continued coverage of Burke County local news


Responding to subscription and editorial growth and emerging staff increases, Angela Kuper Copeland has been promoted to managing editor of The Paper, a new position, effective Feb. 1.

Copeland is currently editor of The Paper’s popular A&E section. She joined The Paper’s staff in December 2022  as education reporter. She will report to Editor Bill Poteat.

As managing editor, Copeland will work with Poteat in the planning and managing of The Paper’s news and advertising budgets and deadlines for both the print and digital editions.

She will assist in staff supervision, content development, and layout and design processes, ensuring that The Paper’s exacting standards of quality and journalistic integrity remain consistent.

“Copeland’s promotion to the newly-created position of managing editor is part of a long-term strategy to ensure longevity of The Paper’s growing presence in Burke County,” said Allen VanNoppen, publisher of The Paper. “It is another important step to protect the caliber of our local news coverage in Burke County.”

Copeland will continue to oversee the A&E section until May, at which time additional reporting staff will be in place, VanNoppen said.

A&E debuted in April 2023, three months after The Paper’s Feb. 4, 2023, launch.

“Angela recognized early on that The Paper could be uniquely strengthened with a section devoted exclusively to events, entertainment, activities, arts, and other happenings in Burke County,” VanNoppen said.

 “She proposed the A&E section. She developed the concept front to back. She worked hand-in-hand with designers to develop the A&E brand, built the content structure, and contracted with photographers and contributing writers,” VanNoppen added.

“The success and popularity of A&E was a central reason The Paper expanded to four sections weekly,” VanNoppen said. “Angela’s oversight of story budgets, deadlines, editing, coordination with contributors and page designers, all the while generating a tremendous amount of bylined copy, is the reason A&E has emerged so important to The Paper and its readers.”

Copeland’s fondness for good food and drink led to the development of the Paper Plate, an A&E  segment devoted to all things culinary, including restaurant reviews, contests, and recipes.

A South Carolina native, Copeland holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Auburn University and a master’s degree in English from Troy University.

Her professional career began in Alabama, working as a reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser and public affairs host for the regional NPR network before leading the public information office for Montgomery Public Schools.

In 2022 she and her husband, Marshall, moved to Burke County from Texas. Before the Lone Star State, she lived in Colorado where she was a reporter and editor for the Rocky Mountain News's, then in community relations and economic development for the municipality of Castle Rock.

About The Paper:

Based in Morganton, North Carolina, The Paper is Burke County’s only home-delivered, all-local, locally owned, and locally-managed print and digital newspaper. The offices are located at 110 S. Sterling St., in the heart of downtown Morganton.

It is supported through paid subscriptions, print and digital advertising, and charitable contributions to the Western North Carolina Journalism Foundation, a 501(c)(3).

The mission of the Western North Carolina Journalism Foundation is to provide sustained purpose-specific funding to support The Paper, an all-local, locally-owned print and digital newspaper committed to residents of Burke County.

In addition to providing balanced, responsible, and thorough local news to the residents of Burke County, The Paper is committed to becoming a long term valued asset to Burke County through its deep relationships, integrity, transparency, engagement and succession development.