Take Our Survey: Tell Us What You Think About AI in Appalachian Journalism

Storytelling in Appalachia is a craft at the root of who we are. Whether it’s family histories shared around a dinner table, ghost stories shared around a campfire, or the news journalists collect about the issues facing our communities, storytelling is something we as a people cherish.  At 100 Days […]

For My Indian-American family, West Virginia Will Always Be Home

“West Virginia” is never what people are looking for when they ask where my family is from.   The first week of January, my dad and I drove five hours from our house in North Carolina to visit his hometown of Charleston, West Virginia, for a family friend’s memorial service. We […]

The Number of White Nationalist Groups in Appalachia Is Rising — and the Surge Could Have Implications for Democracy

The number of white nationalist groups operating in Appalachia has increased, according to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The rise coincides with a national surge of far-right, anti-government and anti-LGBTQ+ groups, which the SPLC warns could undermine democracy heading into the 2024 presidential election.  “With a […]

In One of the Most Dangerous Workplaces in West Virginia, a Poultry Giant Has Profited From Immigrant Labor For Decades 

For over three decades, people have come from all over the globe to work for Pilgrim’s Pride’s Moorefield chicken factory. Inside the plant, immigrant workers shoulder a disproportionate amount of the danger. This story was originally published by Mountain State […]

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‘Hopeless’ Appalachian Youths Prepare to Vote in 2024

Isabella McMillian, an 18-year-old philosophy major in Boone, North Carolina, is proud of her identity as an Appalachian. She loves the beauty, culture and history of the region, and is happy that she gets to be a part of it.   […]

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Century Aluminum's Sebree smelter is located in Henderson County, Kentucky. Since it began operations in 1973, more than 10 billion pounds of aluminum have been created. Photo: Century Aluminum

The Green Smelter: Century Aluminum Promises Kentucky’s Next Big Economic Boost, But with Some Risk

In the 1980s, in the United States, coal and aluminum production were each thriving industries. The production of primary aluminum depended, at that time, on plentiful, inexpensive coal – and the rich mines of Appalachia supplied it. Coal production in […]

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Front Porch Politics: GOP Attacks on Appalachian Campus DEI Efforts Are About More than Universities

I became president of the Outlet Alliance, our version of what was then popularly known as a gay-straight alliance, my freshman year at Western Kentucky University. I held this position for three semesters before concentrating on my role in the […]

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The East Boone Listening Room. Photo: Sydney Everett/sydneygailphotography.com

In North Carolina, A Sanctuary for Local Songwriters Emerges: The East Boone Listening Room

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Friday night in Boone, North Carolina, and a hush falls over the East Boone Listening Room. “We spent many years trying to find a space like this in town,” says artist and songwriter Sarah DeShields.  […]

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100 Days in Appalachia

Clarksburg is a community of about 15,000 people in North Central, West Virginia. Pictured here in 2019, the once thriving community has been struggling economically over the past several years and has experienced an uptick in substance use. Photo: Jesse Wright/100 Days in Appalachia

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Take Our Survey: Tell Us What You Think About AI in Appalachian Journalism

Storytelling in Appalachia is a craft at the root of who we are. Whether it’s family histories shared around a […]

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Photographs of writer Sonia A. Rao's grandparents, Pejawar and Nirmala Rao

For My Indian-American family, West Virginia Will Always Be Home

“West Virginia” is never what people are looking for when they ask where my family is from.   The first week […]

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Healthcare is Human: A Nurse on the Frontlines of an Addiction Crisis

Angie Gray has spent her entire career in public health nursing and says she knew long ago that West Virginia […]

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The Number of White Nationalist Groups in Appalachia Is Rising — and the Surge Could Have Implications for Democracy

The number of white nationalist groups operating in Appalachia has increased, according to a recent report by the Southern Poverty […]

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice's dog has become a political prop in his tenure. Babydog, as its named, is now immortalized in a mural in the Capitol rotunda. Photo: Perry Bennett/West Virginia Legislative Photography

WV Capitol Renovation Oversight Skirted for Years. Now, a Babydog Mural is in its Historic Seat of Government

This story was originally published by Mountain State Spotlight. Get stories like this delivered to your email inbox once a […]

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Tyler Childers and The Foodstamps perform an evening set at the Whizzbanger's Ball in Glen Jean, West Virginia. Photo: Meg Osborne for Whizzbangers BAM

When Your Appalachian Music Roots Show Up on the National Stage, A Reflection on the Whizzbanger’s Ball

If there’s anything to be said about the inaugural Whizzbanger’s Ball at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, West […]

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