I knew that I wanted to tell stories when I was a teenager. I had always enjoyed writing short, fictional stories in grade school, middle and high school, but later in high school I discovered journalism.
I can picture the moment in my mind’s eye: I was sitting at our kitchen table, working on something (maybe homework), and NPR was playing on the boombox on the windowsill behind me. I heard a story that made me stop what I was doing and just listen to it unfold. Many years later, I still remember how this story made me feel. I laughed. I cried. And I felt like I learned something after hearing that story. I knew that was an experience I wanted to create for other people through my own storytelling.
Below are some of the stories I have produced:
Stories produced for NPR:
Fish return to a mining county river:
Halt to mining permit draws fire in coal country:
Morgantown, W.Va., bucks unemployment trend:
Veterans navigate rapids after war duty:
Tension, emotion run high at mine-safety meeting:
Stories produced for West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
The Cheat Canyon garners national attention and protection (9/12/14):
(The following is a very small sample of the hundreds of stories of I produced between 2003 and 2011 for this network. The network overhauled its website recently and most older stories lost their presence on the site as a result.)
The untold history of Mother’s Day:
WV’s ice mountain losing its reserve with warming temps:
Jessica Lynch reacts to the story of her rescue:
Discovering Thunderstruck Cave:
I have also written stories that have appeared in The Charleston Gazette, the State Journal, and Wonderful West Virginia.