A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

About The Voice

The Appalachian Voice 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.

Due to the economic and public health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, The Appalachian Voice shifted to online-only publication in the summer of 2020. Prior to then, we and our dedicated team of distributors delivered more than 76,000 free copies of the print edition of The Appalachian Voice 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 began working on issue-based communications through Farm and Fiddle, 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

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 nonprofit organization 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 children, Lydia, Rory and Charly.
email mayzie [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


Hayley Canal Hayley Canal – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2020

Hayley is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University, majoring in both journalism and sustainable development. She lived in San Jose, Calif., and Orlando, Fla., before moving to Boone for her studies. Hayley discovered her passion for environmental justice during high school as she began to grapple with the social and ecological threats faced by her local community. She paired these concerns with her love of storytelling in college, and has since focused on environmental justice-related stories in her journalistic work with The Appalachian. In the future, she aims to provide hope through visual storytelling on climate change. In her free time, Hayley enjoys painting, cooking and thrifting, especially for green clothing.

Emerson Wells – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2020

Born and raised in the North Carolina Appalachian Mountains, Emerson is an undergraduate at Elon University pursuing a double major in Journalism and Environmental and Ecological Sciences. Interested in environmentalism and how it pertains to her hometown while growing up, Emerson became further involved in sustainability efforts and climate justice in high school after working as a volunteer for an environmental nonprofit organization. Pairing this passion with her interest in journalism, Emerson hopes to bring light to environmental injustices that affect rural and minority communities in the future. In her free time, you can find Emerson hiking different sections of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail or reading in her hammock.

Clara Weybright – Editorial Assistant, Summer 2020

Clara Weybright is a recent graduate from Eastern Mennonite University, located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. She majored in Environmental Sustainability with minors in English and Honors. She wrote widely during college, which included serving as the editor-in-chief of her school’s newspaper. She is particularly interested in environmental work as it connects to communication, policy, and advocacy. She hopes to pursue graduate studies in environmental policy or law in the future. This summer, she finds herself on her family’s small farm in Pennsylvania, where she is writing, running, chasing cattle, baking lots of sourdough bread, and contemplating building a bake oven in the backyard.