Journalism

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:

http://www.npr.org/2013/07/22/204580876/fish-return-to-a-mining-county-river

Halt to mining permit draws fire in coal country:

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/14/132940226/Halt-To-Mining-Permit-Draws-Fire-In-Coal-Country

Morgantown, W.Va., bucks unemployment trend:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=100890701

Veterans navigate rapids after war duty:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5455024

Tension, emotion run high at mine-safety meeting:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5377315

 Stories produced for West Virginia Public Broadcasting: 

The Cheat Canyon garners national attention and protection (9/12/14):

http://wvpublic.org/post/party-coopers-rock-heres-why

(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:

http://archive.wvpubcast.org/newsarticle.aspx?id=1870

WV’s ice mountain losing its reserve with warming temps:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBUUCESehms

Jessica Lynch reacts to the story of her rescue:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rhUNE1DaJw

Discovering Thunderstruck Cave:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEhIq2W6bGg

I have also written stories that have appeared in The Charleston Gazette, the State Journal, and Wonderful West Virginia.

 

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