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.


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 — AmeriCorps 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 Goodman 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 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

Eliza LaubachEliza Laubach — Contributing Editor

Eliza Laubach hails from the Midwest after spending her childhood in Washington state, and her heart has now been captured by the Blue Ridge Mountains. Her early years in the lush, mountainous Pacific Northwest created a foundation for environmental stewardship, an unrelenting curiosity in the natural world, and a deep honor for water bodies. From working on farms learning permaculture and herbalism to writing for a nature magazine and a newspaper, her passions are diversely channeled. At University of Missouri-Columbia, she earned a bachelor of journalism degree, with an environmental studies certificate and a German minor. Eliza joined Appalachian Voices as an AmeriCorps outreach and communications associate for the 2014-2015 year, where she focused on communicating to communities in North Carolina about energy efficiency and climate change empowerment. She continues that resiliency work in Madison County, North Carolina as a Community Outreach Associate with the Energy Savings for Appalachia campaign.
email eliza [at] appvoices.org

Lauren EssickLauren Essick — Distribution Manager

Originally from Asheboro, N.C., Lauren moved to western N.C. in 2006 to attend the University of North Carolina-Asheville. Her love of Watauga County drew her to Boone where she graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, with concentrations in community development, city planning, sustainable development, appropriate technology and anthropology. Growing up in Asheboro, Lauren worked as an educator at the North Carolina Zoological Park and became interested in ecology and environmental conservation. While in Boone, she has followed her passion to help promote quality of life for communities in various ways, including previously working in an operations capacity for Destination by Design, a local planning and design firm, and distributing copies of The Appalachian Voice.
email lauren [at] appvoices.org