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.


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