A South Carolina native, David S. Nivens Jr. joined the HPE staff in 2000 after working at five newspapers in North Carolina and Virginia. Asheville is the home town of his two daughters, Lydia and Claire.
Nivens has covered various aspects of Guilford County government for 13 years. Davidson County is a recent coverage addition. As a veteran journalist, Nivens has covered business, agriculture, education, politics, criminal justice and state government.
After graduation from the University of South Carolina, Nivens was a petty officer aboard a U.S. Navy replenishment ship that deployed to the Tonkin Gulf in 1972.