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.
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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.
editor [at] appvoices.org
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.
kevin [at] appvoices.org
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.
jamie [at] appvoices.org
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.
mayzie [at] appvoices.org
Originally from Rhode Island, Eric moved to Boone, N.C., to attend Appalachian State University, where he discovered his passionate interest in the connection between environmental and social issues. In the spring of 2018, Eric traveled to India, Brazil and South Africa with the International Honors Program studying global cities. Now a senior Sustainable Development major, Eric is especially interested in the way environmental issues are described and understood through writing and media. After graduating in December, he hopes to travel abroad and work with non-profits, advocacy groups or continue his education. Outside of class, he’s often reading, visiting museums, enjoying music and breathing in fresh air with his friends.
Kennedy is a senior at Appalachian State University studying Cultural Anthropology with a concentration in Social Practice and Sustainability. She is very passionate about protecting the environment and all the beings which reside within it, human and non-human. Through her school studies, which are focused around issues of energy, sustainability and the power structures which control these systems, Kennedy works hard to understand what we can do as activists to make this Earth a safer, healthier and more equivocal place to live within. Having lived in these mountains for nearly her entire life, Kennedy is an Appalachian at heart, and is impassioned in her fight for a healthy environment and a just economy within the Appalachian region. In her free time, Kennedy enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, and running with her dog Aldo along the many beautiful trails of the Appalachian Mountains.