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


Sara Crouch Sara Crouch – Editorial Assistant & NC Energy Savings Outreach Assistant, Summer 2018

Sara just completed her first year of the Masters in Public Administration program at Appalachian State University. Her focus is on Nonprofit Management, and she is excited to gain hands-on experience with an organization she respects. Originally from Frankfort, Ky., Sara received her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Kentucky. A Kentuckian at heart, Sara is interested in issues affecting the Appalachian Region, and is looking forward to learning more through her work with Appalachian Voices. Sara loves to meet new people, hike, go to concerts, read and hang out with her cat, Greg.

Hannah Gillespie Hannah Gillespie – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2018

Hannah is a native of Travelers Rest, S.C., where she developed her love of mountains. She is a recent graduate of Appalachian State University where she obtained a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Journalism and Sociocultural Anthropology, a minor in Commercial Photography and a certificate in Interdisciplinary, Experiential Education. At Appalachian, Hannah and three peers established an oral history project for Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and heard stories of victory over mountaintop removal coal mining companies. This project informed Hannah’s first article with The Appalachian Voice in the December 2017-January 2018 edition.

Shelby Jones Shelby Jones – Editorial Assistant, Spring 2018

Shelby is currently a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in Journalism with a minor in Nutrition and Foods. She was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C., where she completed her two-year degree at Central Piedmont Community College before transferring to Appalachian State. Her passions revolve around anything to do with cooking, travel and sustainability. She hopes to elaborate on these passions and strengthen her writing during her time at Appalachian Voices.

Mariah Lowry – Outreach Intern, Spring 2018

Mariah is a senior at Appalachian State University studying anthropology and communications with a focus in Journalism and a minor in English. Through her work with Appalachian Voices, she hopes to learn more about ways to combat environmental degradation. By gaining experience with an organization promoting environmental protections, she aims to influence readership to consider mindful, environmentally friendly practices in their daily lives. When not in class or working, Mariah enjoys trail running, yoga, swimming, or any other active outdoor activities.