Author: Mason Adams

Steel-Making Coal Upturn Brings New Mine, Old Problems to WV Community

This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. For more stories from Mountain State Spotlight, visit This story was co-published with Southerly, a nonprofit journalism organization that covers the intersection of ecology, justice, and culture in the American South.  It started with the noise, the round-the-clock roar of a […]

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An election official places a sign as voters line up outside a polling place at the Fogelsville Volunteer Fire Co., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, in Fogelsville, Pennsylvania. Photo: Matt Slocum/AP Photo

Where Does the Rural Vote Fit in National Elections?

Could a decrease in rural support be part of a disappointing season for Republican candidates? The Daily Yonder looks at presidential and congressional races in three states: Pennsylvania, Maine and Montana. Conventional wisdom and national media narratives hold that in America’s 2020 presidential and congressional elections, urban areas will support […]

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Education, Automation and Migrant Workers: How One Appalachian GA County Became an ‘American Maker’

Tuesday afternoon in late January and the campus of Lanier Technical College in Gainesville, Georgia, bustled with students pursuing career education, with a near-guaranteed job awaiting. Healthcare students studied for likely jobs with Northeast Georgia Health System, while two buildings down, others attended classes in welding and automotive mechanics in […]

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