Enterprise Stories

Links to a sampling of the newspaper’s best enterprise stories from the previous year selected by former editor, J. Todd Foster.

The series, Underfoot, Out of Reach, on the conflicts over Southwest Virginia’s natural gas wealth, ran for consecutive days from December 6-13, 2009. It was written by Daniel Gilbert and won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.

  1. Underfoot, Out of Reach

    By Daniel Gilbert ; December 6-13, 2009

  2. How did serial rapist elude capture for years?

    By Michael Owens; June 20, 2010

  3. Abingdon Magistrate Fakes Documents to Steer Bail Bonds to Father

    By Michael Owens; June 28, 2010

  4. The Sullivan County Tenn., Animal Shelter

    By Claire Galofaro; November 8, 2009

  5. Rescue groups struggle to care for flood of unwanted mill puppies

    By Claire Galofaro; May 2, 2010

  6. When Legal Help Becomes Legal Hell

    By Daniel Gilbert; March 15, 2009


Enterprise reporting describes published news reports that are not based on press releases or news conferences. Enterprise reporting is all about stories a reporter or an editor dig up on his or her own, often what some people might call "scoops." Enterprise reporting may also focus on events, but it usually goes beyond merely covering these events when reporters explore the forces shaping the events.

Through enterprise reporting a news organization demonstrates its understanding of the key issues and interests of its community and it demonstrates the extent of the skill of its staff to report on these matters.