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 enlighten and educate the public about the beauty and value of our mountain region.

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.

Staff

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

lee_payneElizabeth “Lee” Payne, Ph.D — Communications Associate
Associate Editor

A native of Boone, N.C., Lee studied archaeology and ancient history, earning first a B.A. from Brown University and then an M.A. from Boston University. She then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Yale University, where she specialized in Assyriology, the study of the languages and cultures of ancient Mesopotamia. After graduation, she worked for six years as the conservator for the Yale Babylonian Collection. Throughout her time in southern New England, Lee’s love for the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Appalachian region only grew. She is delighted to return home for a year of service for AmeriCorps Project Conserve, and she looks forward to working with the wonderful team that produces The Appalachian Voice. In her free time, Lee will explore the endless possibilities for hiking, running and climbing that the mountain trails and rocky outcrops of the region provide.
email lee.payne [at] appvoices.org

jamie_goodmanJamie Goodman — Consulting Editor

Jamie has nearly 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 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

brian_sewellBrian Sewell — Contributing Editor

A North Carolina native, Brian received his B.A. in Communications from the College of Charleston. After working as a freelance writer for weekly publications and national magazines in Charleston, he served two years with AmeriCorps Project Conserve at the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and Appalachian Voices. After a year as the managing editor of The Appalachian Voice, Brian joined our staff full-time in 2012. He helps manage our FrontPorch blog, activist outreach, and social media platforms, and is a contributing editor of The Voice. He enjoys journalism — especially reading and writing stories about the relationship between energy and the environment, politics, media criticism and art — and spending time with his three brothers.
email brian [at] appvoices.org

meredith_sheltonMeredith 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