A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

About The Voice

The Appalachian Voice is a free bimonthly newspaper that has covered environmental, outdoor and cultural news in the Appalachian mountains since 1996. We provide thorough and well-researched journalistic news coverage to fit a niche not often covered by standard news media, and deliver this to a broad spectrum of readers in locations that span eight states.

The Appalachian Voice newspaper was first published in the winter of 1996, as a publication of the Sierra Club Southern Appalachian Highlands Ecoregion Task Force. A year later, the club grew into the environmental organization Appalachian Voices, which has continued the publication of The Voice to today.

The mission of The Appalachian Voice is to provide factual information about environmental concerns in our region, as well as to share the beauty and value of our mountains with the public.

Questions? Story ideas? Letters to the Editor? Email voice@appvoices.org! Contributor guidelines, reproduction information and other information about getting involved with The Appalachian Voice is available here.

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molly_mooreMolly Moore — Editor

Molly is originally from the Midwest, where she earned journalism and religious studies degrees from the University of Missouri and wrote for several newspapers and magazines. She entered nonprofit communications through a mid-Missouri community radio program that explored the connections between health, environment and agriculture, and then provided public relations support at Canyonlands Field Institute in Moab, Utah. Molly joined the Appalachian Voices communications team as an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member in 2011, and served as the managing editor for The Appalachian Voice for four years before stepping into the editor role in 2016.
email editor [at] appvoices.org

Associate Editor Kevin RidderKevin Ridder — Associate Editor

Born in Arizona and raised in Tennessee, Kevin graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2016 with a B.S. in geology & environmental studies and a minor in trombone performance. Kevin first started working with The Appalachian Voice in 2015 as a freelance writer, where he wrote numerous stories until joining The Voice staff in August 2017 as Associate Editor. Kevin has also freelanced with The Knoxville News Sentinel, held internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and The Knoxville Mercury, played in a David Bowie cover band, and recently completed a year of service with CAC AmeriCorps in the City of Knoxville Solid Waste Office. Ecstatic to be surrounded by mountains, when Kevin’s not exploring Boone’s ample hiking trails you can probably find him dog-watching from a coffee shop window.
email kevin [at] appvoices.org

jamie_goodmanJamie Goodman — Consulting Editor

Jamie has over twenty years of experience in print and online media. She helped establish two award-winning community newspaper websites; co-founded the Boone-based community newspaper, High Country Press; created and edited the popular SHOUT! nightlife magazine; and served as Webmaster and co-chair of the Web Advisory Council at Appalachian State University. As senior communications coordinator for Appalachian Voices, Jamie filled the role as editor of The Appalachian Voice for six years, and now serves as a consulting editor to the team. She is a self-taught computer geek who has a serious soft spot for all creatures great and small–plant, animal, or otherwise.
email jamie [at] appvoices.org

Meredith Shelton — Distribution Manager

Meredith, or “Mayzie,” grew up in the intentional community known as The Farm outside Nashville, Tenn. The community works to help insure that all people have access to clean water, sanitation, nutrition and livelihood, a philosophy at the core of her life’s work. Mayzie received a nursing certificate from Caldwell Community College and is also a certified community herbalist. She co-owned an eco-friendly fair trade store in Boone, N.C. More recently, she worked with the non-profit, Go Conscious Earth, in the Democratic Republic of Congo to document and facilitate the installation of five clean water wells that now serve 10,000 people. Mayzie lives on a portion of 165 acres she helped preserve along the Blue Ridge Parkway, where she has raised her three daughters, Lydia, Rory and Charly.
email mayzie [at] appvoices.org


Sam Kepple – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2019

Sam is a recent graduate of Appalachian State with a degree in Journalism. She hopes to focus her writing and journalistic career on environmental policy and conservation. She also minored in commercial photography and has a passion for capturing images of our natural world. Appalachia is an incredibly important place and Sam hopes to use her career to continue to uplift the community and preserve its natural beauty. Besides writing, Sam also works full time as a server at Mellow Mushroom. In her free time, she loves to hike and be outside with her dog, Kida.

Jen Kirby Jen Kirby – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2019

Jen is a senior at Appalachian State University with a multidisciplinary anthropology major. Her research interests include multi-species anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, and environmental issues. She spent her childhood reading in the backseat of a car weaving through Appalachia, which sparked a deep connection to these mountains that has grown into a passion to preserve them. She is preparing for a three-month section hike of the Appalachian Trail and hopes to gain insight, context and skills that will assist in her ethnographic study of how humans and other species interact with their environment in Appalachia. Jen enjoys cooking with her roommates, running with her dog Buster and knitting in her free time.

Jamie Tews Jamie Tews – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2019

Jamie is a senior at Indiana Wesleyan University where she is a double major in English and Writing. Throughout her college years, she has spent the summers working for the Appalachia Service Project, which is a nonprofit home repair organization that seeks to eradicate substandard housing in Central Appalachia. Through her work with the Appalachia Service Project, she has fallen in love with the people, places and traditions of Appalachia, and she is excited to engage with the environmental aspects of the region and how those impact various communities through this internship. When she’s not writing about Appalachia, you can find her running, cooking vegan recipes or reading.