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Korie Dean- Energy Democracy Communications Assistant, Spring 2021

Korie is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in journalism and minoring in southern studies. Originally from Efland, North Carolina, she is passionate about rural issues and has covered stories about health care, food access, infrastructure and environmental issues throughout rural North Carolina. She previously spent two summers on staff with Appalachia Service Project in West Virginia and Tennessee. She enjoys keeping up with her quarantine hobbies of embroidery, crafting charcuterie boards and going for walks around Chapel Hill. At Appalachian Voices, Korie hopes to use her background in journalism and communications to further the goals and objectives of the Energy Democracy initiative.

Meredith Maiken – Mining Policy Intern, Spring 2021

Meredith is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Community and Regional Planning. Having grown up in Western North Carolina, the mountains are very close to her heart with their natural beauty and rich culture. Since starting college she has been involved in multiple outreach efforts through environmental education camps, political campaigns and her university’s service organization. She aims to spend her career working towards sustainable solutions specific to rural areas such as those found in Appalachia. She spends her free time outside, crafting or playing the fiddle.

cameron stuartCameron Stuart — Editorial Communications Assistant, Summer 2021

Cameron is a senior at Appalachian State University majoring in journalism and sustainable development and minoring in French. Originally from South Carolina, she always enjoyed visiting the Blue Ridge Mountains when she was younger and quickly discovered her passion for learning about environmental issues. As a news reporter, she covers the environmental beat for the student newspaper, The Appalachian. She spends her spare time cooking new recipes, kickboxing and hiking local trails. At Appalachian Voices, Cameron hopes to use her love of writing to effectively educate the public about local environmental issues, while also learning more about the region’s history and culture.

Makaelah Walters – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2021

Makaelah is a rising senior at Appalachian State studying Journalism and Social Work. She moved to Appalachia to attend school in 2014, and has lived here ever since. Makaelah has covered arts and culture as a reporter for The Appalachian since 2016. Recently, she was one of 30 journalists around the country to attend Bloomberg-UNC-Berkeley Business Journalism Diversity Program. She was also a finalist for Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards. At App Voices, Makaelah hopes that her passion for writing and love of community can shed light on environmental injustices throughout Appalachia.

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