Author: Ashton Marra

Connie Dray of West Virginia holds a photo Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, of her cousin Mary Lou Hague, who died in the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as she stands near One World Trade Center while ceremonies marking the 18th anniversary were underway nearby. This was Dray's first time at the ceremonies, saying it was on her list of important things to accomplish, as she also close with Hague's family. Photo: Craig Ruttle/AP Photo

Appalachia Remembers: 20 Years Since 9/11

On September 11, 2001, I was in the sixth grade at Washington Irving Middle School in Clarksburg, West Virginia.  We were sitting in homeroom taking the lunch count when my math teacher walked over from next door and told us to turn on the television in a panic. She left […]

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Book cover provided by WVU Press. Illustration: Jesse Wright/100 Days in Appalachia

‘There Was A Code of Silence’: Re-Release of Oral Histories as Book Marks Centennial of Pivotal Battle of Blair Mountain

Fifty years ago, Anne Lawrence found herself travelling from her college classrooms on the campus of Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania south to the coalfields of Central Appalachia.  Then a junior studying history and sociology, the Massachusetts native was hired by Miners for Democracy to collect the oral histories of Appalachian […]

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Q&A: Investigation Finds Rural North Carolina Lacks Necessary Care for Sexual Assault Survivors

Sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANE nurses, are highly trained, specialized nurses stationed at hospitals across Appalachia to aid victims of sexual trauma.  These nurses don’t just collect rape kits, says Kate Martin, the lead investigative reporter for Carolina Public Press, but they conduct physical examinations that stand up to […]

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ICYMI: Our Partner’s Top Stories of 2020

From COVID-19 outbreaks to the youth leaders of local Black Lives Matter movements, here are some of our publishing partners’ favorite stories that you may have missed this year. Belt Magazine Ohio Has Always Had Confederate Apologists This story on the history of confederate sympathizers in Ohio was one of […]

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