College of humanities & social sciences
Johnny Whitfield serves as editor of the Garner-Cleveland Record and the Eastern Wake News, two community newspapers owned by the McClatchy Company. He has held his current role since 2007 and has 25 years of newspaper experience, all of it working in small-town newspapers.
He earned his BA in English in 1990 from N.C. State and got his first job as a sports reporter when he was hired by an editor who is also an N.C. State graduate. Within a year, his role expanded and he began covering news as well as sports, traveling with a local sheriff on marijuana hunts and illegal liquor raids.
Since that first job, he moved into writing and editing positions at newspapers in Oxford, Spruce Pine and Siler City before being named the editor of his hometown newspaper in Wendell, where he works now. He has covered everything from house fires and murders to birthday parties for centenarians and he once reported on what it was like to skydive from an airplane.
Whitfield has been recognized numerous times by the North Carolina Press Association for his writing, photography and video work.
Outside work, he volunteers with local schools in Wake County through the East Wake Business Alliance and he is a longtime member of Rotary, a service-oriented civic club.
He lives in Wendell, where he grew up and is married and the father of two daughters, including one who currently attends N.C. State.
While at N.C. State, he was active in Alpha Gamma Rho, the national agriculture fraternity.