Bio

Photo by Jeanna Duerscherl
Photo by Jeanna Duerscherl
Mason Adams grew up in the Alleghany Highlands, in the small railroad town of Clifton Forge.

After earning a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Rhode Island, working seasonal jobs for the U.S. Forest Service and tracking condors in Big Sur, Calif., Mason shifted into journalism through the Monterey Coast Weekly and an internship at High Country News in Paonia, Colo. From there he reported for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina and the Roanoke Times in western Virginia.

Adams has worked as a freelance journalist covering Appalachia and the South since 2012.