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John Gullion


John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for LLC – the parent company of, and


Favorite Smokies Attraction:

Favorite Smokies Restaurant:
Calhoun’s (but shoutouts to The Melting Pot, Tennessee Jed’s, The Chop House and Chesapeake’s)

About John Gullion, Contributor for

John began his full-time career in journalism a few weeks before Y2K.

He has worked as a reporter, sports editor, news editor and managing editor for newspapers in East Tennessee and South Alabama including the Monroe County Advocate & Democrat, the Selma Times Journal and the Demopolis Times (very briefly).

Since 2005 he has been the Managing Editor for the Citizen Tribune in Morristown, Tenn.

He has won several awards from the Tennessee Press Association, the Alabama Associated Press and the Alabama Press Association. His work has been picked up by the Associated Press and run in papers nationwide.

A North Carolina native who was raised in Indiana, he moved to Maryville, Tenn. before his sophomore year of high school and with the exception of a handful of years in South Alabama he’s spent the last 30 years, exploring, covering and enjoying the Smokies and surrounding region.

He’s been married to his wife Leslie since April 1, 2000 but is considering claiming the six prior years they dated for anniversary purposes. They have three children.

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