Mason Adams has worked as a journalist since 2001, writing for zines, alt-weeklies, community and metro newspapers, magazines and digital publications. He previously was a wildlife biologist in New England, Colorado, New Mexico and central California.
He covers stories about Appalachia, its mountains, its people and the issues that affect them.
Mason grew up in the Alleghany Highlands, in the small railroad town of Clifton Forge. He earned a degree in wildlife biology from the University of Rhode Island, but soon after graduation became a journalist.
Mason started writing at an alt-weekly, the Coast Weekly (Monterey, California), before taking an internship in 2001 at High Country News in Paonia, Colo. From 2001 to 2003 he wrote for the Enterprise Mountaineer in western North Carolina, and from 2003-2012 for the Roanoke Times in western Virginia.
Since the end of 2012, he has worked as a freelance journalist for publications including Politico Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Republic, the Daily Yonder, Vice and its channels, 100 Days in Appalachia, Blue Ridge Outdoors, All About Beer and elsewhere.