The Opinion Shop

Meet the editorial board

Ned Barnett, The News & Observer's editorial page editor, started at the paper in 1991. He has served as metro editor and Sunday editor,  two roles separated by eight years as a sports columnist. As editorial page editor, he is in charge of the opinion pages and work that appears in The N&O's online opinion section. The editorial department is separate from the news operations. Barnett reports directly to the publisher, Orage Quarles III.  A native of Philadelphia, Barnett grew up in Merion, Pa. and is a graduate of  Fairfield University. He worked at newspapers in Atlantic City, N.J., St. Petersburg, Fla. and Dallas before joining The News & Observer. Barnett lives in Raleigh and has three grown children. He can be reached at or at 919-829-4512.

Deputy editorial page editor Jim Jenkins is a Raleigh native, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (history and English), and a veteran of  four decades in the newspaper business, the last 26 years at The News & Observer. He has previously worked as an editor at The Fayetteville Observer and as a columnist at the Greensboro News & Record. He can be reached at or 829-4513.

Burgetta Eplin Wheeler, a journalism graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., is the associate editor of the editorial pages, serving as the Other Opinion editor. In her 25 years at the paper, she has had many roles, including Metro columnist, copy desk chief, assistant Q editor and deadline czarina. She lives in Raleigh and has a daughter, a senior at UNCW, and a son, a sophomore at Appalachian State. She can be reached at or 829-4825.