A new title: Co-host of WVPB’s Inside Appalachia

Beginning Nov. 22, the wonderful Caitlin Tan and I will co-host West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s Inside Appalachia program.

WVPB is West Virginia’s public radio station & NPR affiliate, and the show gets carried around the region, including in western Virginia on WVTF/Radio IQ.

Inside Appalachia is a weekly radio show and podcast that covers the same kind of stories that I got into journalism to do, with the same regional frame I’ve found so compelling over the course of my career. It’s been hosted by incredible folks like Beth Vorhees, Giles Snyder & Jessica Lilly, so we’re standing on the shoulders of giants.

The thing about Inside Appalachia is it isn’t just about Appalachians — it’s FOR Appalachians. It’s for individuals who grew up here & still remain. It’s for those who moved and stayed away but still hold a place in their heart for the area. It’s for those who moved here only recently. It’s for *everyone* who has a connection to these mountains. The show centers the voices of Appalachian people — from all backgrounds and walks of life — who don’t often enough see or hear themselves in national coverage.

Our first show as co-hosts aired Nov. 22 and can be heard here. The episode spotlights local millers and bakers in western North Carolina, the mystery of the Mortgage Lifter tomato, cicada art, and parents who are managing sobriety to get their children back.

The team behind this show is incredible, and I’m already enjoying working with them. I can’t wait to see where Inside Appalachia goes from here.