Who We Are


Dana Coester (@poetabook) is creative director and executive editor for 100 Days in Appalachia. Dana also serves as creative director for the WVU Media Innovation Center and leads the Center’s Knight-funded Innovators-in-Residence program. She is passionate about women in technology, privacy and social equity in emerging technology and new forms of documentary storytelling. Dana is currently directing a documentary film on Muslim identity in Appalachia with associate producer David Smith, which is excerpted in this publication as part of the 360° video series “Muslim in Appalachia.”


Gina Dahlia (@ginadahlia) is general manager for 100 Days in Appalachia. She is executive producer of WVU News, a National Emmy-award-winning student newscast at West Virginia University. Gina is also an award-winning filmmaker. Her documentary, “The Monongah Heroine,” aired on PBS in December 2007, receiving worldwide press. The film focuses on the widows left behind from the December 6, 1907, Monongah, West Virginia mine disaster. Gina‘s journalism career spans 20 years, where she has held many roles in the field. She has worked as a TV news anchor and reporter at a CBS affiliate and later as a weekly newspaper columnist, feature and business writer and restaurant critic. She also spearheaded the campaign of current U.S Senator Joe Manchin when he ran and won the office of West Virginia Secretary of State back in 2001.


Dave Mistich (@davemistich) serves as managing editor and contributor for 100 Days in Appalachia. As a reporter and digital editor for West Virginia Public Broadcasting, he covered everything from elections to the West Virginia Legislature to breaking national news to local arts and culture. In more recent years, Dave has focused on data and digital journalism, hoping to tell stories in innovative ways that are best suited for an online audience. With WVPB, Dave has won awards from the Associated Press Broadcasters Association for breaking news, a meritorious award for best feature and best website, as well as a regional RTDNA/Edward R. Murrow Award for best website for his work reporting and editing on wvpublic.org. He’s also written extensively about West Virginia music, including a now-retired column in The Charleston Gazette-Mail (and, previously, The Charleston Daily Mail) under the name ‘Left of the Dial’, an entendre-laden nod to a song by The Replacements. Dave grew up in Washington, West Virginia and graduated from Marshall University’s W. Page Pitt School of Journalism in 2008 with a B.A. in Radio – Television Production & Management.


Nancy Andrews, (@nancyandrews) WVU’s Ogden Professor of Media Innovation modeling new journalism and audience development efforts at the Reed College of Media, and an editor for 100 Days in Appalachia. Andrews has worked to confront stereotypes throughout her 30-year career. Her challenge: Create 100 portraits from across Appalachia for the 100 Voices series. Formerly, Andrews ran the digital operations of the Detroit Free Press and won four national Emmy Awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards. She led data and explanatory projects such as the SABEW award-winning project, “How Detroit Went Broke.”  As a Washington Post staff photographer Andrews earned Photographer of the Year awards from the White House News Photographers Association and the University of Missouri, National Press Photographers Association’s Pictures of the Year International. She’s published two monographs, “Family: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America” and “Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journey.”


Tim Marema (@tmarema) serves as editor and co-publisher for 100 Days of Appalachia as vice president of the Center for Rural Strategies and editor of The Daily Yonder. At The Daily Yonder, Tim has created innovative ways to automate the localization of national news stories for rural and small-town community media (a project supported by a Knight Foundation Innovation Fund). His localized stories have reached more than three million rural residents through weekly newspapers and small radio stations, covering such topics as the economic impact of Social Security in rural counties, the increase in food-stamp participation during the Great Recession and the county-level impact of Medicaid expansion in Kentucky. Tim grew up in Eastern Kentucky and now lives in East Tennessee.


David Smith (@dvdsmthdvd) is a multimedia producer and helps lead the audience development team for 100 Days in Appalachia. He is a Senior Lecturer at the WVU Reed College of Media teaching visual journalism and multimedia storytelling. Before coming to WVU, David was a visual journalist for 10 years in North Carolina, Alabama, Ohio and West Virginia. He is passionate about teaching and modeling curiosity and experimentation in students at the College of Media. Smith is co-producing a documentary film on Muslim identity in Appalachia with Dana Coester as well as the 360° video series “Muslim in Appalachia” excerpted in 100 Days of Appalachia.


Tyler Channell (@tylerchannell) is the web developer and a multimedia producer for the 100 Days in Appalachia project. He is a lecturer at the WVU Reed College of Media teaching video editing, visual journalism and serves as a multimedia specialist for the College’s Media Innovation Center. Before coming to WVU, Tyler worked in reality TV production for History Channel’s “Hatfields & McCoys: White Lightning” and “Billion Dollar Wreck,” Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0,” and MTV’s “Teen Mom 2.”


Bob Britten (@TheBobThe) leads the copy editing and curation team as part of a class in which students aggregate, curate, pitch and edit content for 100 Days in Appalachia. He has worked, studied and taught in journalism for sixteen years, beginning as a reporter for the Greenville (Pa.) Record-Argus and working as an editor, designer, art director and infographics reporter. He has been a faculty member at the WVU Reed College of Media since 2008, where he teaches courses in visual communication, blogging and social media and media law and ethics. Most recently, he designed and taught the college’s new course in sensor journalism. He makes beer and reads comic books.

Justin Hayhurst (@justin_hayhurst) is working with the audience development team for 100 Days in Appalachia and has teamed up with Nancy Andrews to produce portraits of people throughout Appalachia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from WVU and is pursuing his MSJ at the Reed College of Media. He wants to use his skills for good. He also works as a graduate assistant web designer at the downtown campus library. But, if you have an overdue book, he can’t do anything about it. Justin’s passions include visual storytelling, photography, web design, science and cooking. In his spare time, you will typically find him eating and/or drinking coffee or creating something.


Lena Camilletti (@lena_camilletti) is a student editor for 100 Days in Appalachia. She has previously served as city editor at West Virginia University’s newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, and currently writes for a publication serving the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, The Observer. Lena’s passion is expressing narratives with human concern at the core. She will graduate in May 2017 with her Bachelor of Science in Journalism and minor in English. Beyond graduation, Lena plans to move to New York City.  photo credit: by Dylan Fox (@dylanfox — Instagram)

Kaitlin Davis (@dkaitlin42) is a student editor for 100 Days In Appalachia. Kaitlin works in coordination with other faculty, staff and an undergraduate class to design, manage and make decisions on what content makes the cut for the publication’s weekly newsletter. She is currently a senior in the WVU Reed College of Media studying print journalism with a minor in English via the accelerated master’s program. She writes and is a content editor for The Odyssey and the Reed College of Media’s alumni magazine. In addition, Kaitlin also worked for a double-sided newspaper in her hometown called the St. Mary’s County Times and the Calvert County Times. After graduation, she hopes to work at either a small newspaper or magazine to gain some experience in the Nashville, Tennessee region.


Mostafa Hashem (@hustlersambtion) is a social media growth editor for 100 Days in Appalachia. He is responsible for developing a tailored growth plan and optimizing the social platforms to reach new audiences. He is a journalism student in his last semester at West Virginia University. He previously was a social media freelancer, helping small businesses and personal brands reach their target audiences. Mostafa loves riding his motorcycle in his free time and is fluent in Arabic.


Contributing Editors


Thomas McBee, is a consulting editor for 100 Days in Appalachia. Thomas is the editorial director for growth at Quartz, where he and the team have quadrupled Quartz’ traffic in the last two and a half years through editorial initiatives promoting growth. He is also a freelance writer whose work can be found in the New York Times, Playboy, the Atlantic, the Rumpus and more. McBee is the author of the award-winning memoir, Man Alive, and is currently working on his second book, Amateur. Additionally, he is a professor in the social journalism graduate program at the City University of New York.

Annemarie Dooling (@TravelingAnna) is a Knight Foundation Innovator-in-Residence for Spring 2017 for WVU’s College of Media Innovation Center, leading students and faculty in experiments in audience development and social distribution for 100 Days in Appalachia. Annemarie works as the director of programming for Racked.com at Vox Media in New York City where she leads the media site’s content management and distribution efforts. Previously, she managed audience growth and development for both Vocativ and Yahoo. A self-proclaimed online communities expert who has worked at the Huffington Post and AOL, Annemarie previously served as a community advisor at Salon where she consulted on expanding user participation.


Geoffrey Hing (@geoffhing) is a Knight Foundation Innovator-in-Residence for Spring 2017 for WVU’s College of Media Innovation Center, leading students, faculty and staff working in data, visuals and interactives, as well as leading experiments using “small data” for audience building for 100 Days in Appalachia. Geoffrey is an independent news application developer who has been a senior news app developer for the Chicago Tribune Media Group, the Open Elections project and the Floodlight project. He was a Knight News Scholar at Medill and describes himself as bilingual in journalism in technology and is driven by a passion for bringing credible news to underserved communities.


Jesse Wright (@JWrightWV) is a contributing editor and news director for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. In his first year as news director, Jesse Wright led the station to win six regional Murrow Awards. He has launched two new reporting projects: Appalachia Health News, part of the Kaiser Health partnership with NPR, and the Ohio Valley ReSource, a new regional reporting project funded in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Wright also has several years experience as an editor at The Dominion-Post in Morgantown, West Virginia. He holds a B.S. in Journalism from WVU.



Maryanne Reed (@mareedy) is the Dean of the West Virginia University Reed College of Media, a position she has held for 12 years. Before coming to WVU, Reed was a broadcast reporter and producer and  has produced several award-winning documentaries for regional and national television. As dean, Maryanne has led major curriculum and programmatic changes, a re-visioning the journalism major to be digital-first; growing enrollment and revenue streams; and transforming the program from a school to a college. She was recently selected as a presenter for the Green Shoots in Journalism Education symposium at the University of Missouri’s Reynolds Journalism Institute and has participated in Spark Camp and Newsgeist as a leader in journalism education innovation. Reed has an M.S. in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and a B.A. in history from University of Massachusetts.


Scott Finn (@radiofinn) is a co-publisher of 100 Days in Appalachia and Executive Director and CEO of West Virginia Public Broadcasting. As such, Scott leads the station as a regional resource for news, education and economic development. The statewide public media organization has the motto, “telling West Virginia’s story.” Under Scott’s leadership, WVPB just completed a record fundraising year and has won numerous regional and national journalism awards. The statewide network recently launched “The West Virginia Channel” on television and quadrupled visitors to its website in the last three years.


Dee Davis (@iAmFlyRock) is co-publisher of 100 Days in Appalachia and Founder and President of the Center for Rural Strategies. Dee has helped lead national public information campaigns on topics as diverse as commercial television programming and federal banking policy. Before Rural Strategies Dee served for 25 years as executive producer of Appalshop Films. As the executive producer, Appalshop Films created more than 50 public TV documentaries including “On Our Own Land,” which was the winner of the DuPont-Columbia Award for broadcast journalism. Appalshop also established the Appalachian Media Institute, which won the White House Coming Up Taller award. Dee is the chairperson of the National Rural Assembly steering committee, publisher of The Daily Yonder, a member of the Rural Advisory Committee of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and serves on the boards of Fund for Innovative Television (Chicago) and Feral Arts (Brisbane, Australia). He is also a member of the Institute for Rural Journalism’s national advisory board.  Dee is former board president of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and public broadcasting’s ITVS (the Independent Television Service).

100 Days of Appalachia is published by West Virginia University Reed College of Media Innovation Center in collaboration with West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB) and The Daily Yonder, of the Center for Rural Strategies with headquarters in Kentucky.