Anthony Hennen – Anthony grew up in southeast Ohio and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He later earned a master’s degree in philosophy/politics/economics from the Cevro Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. He is editor/writer at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina. Follow him on Twitter: @anthonyhennen.

Alena Klimas – Alena’s roots are in West Virginia where she grew up exploring nature across the mountain state. She graduated from Ohio University with bachelors degrees in Global Studies and Political Science. Currently, she is a Youth Development Specialist with Peace Corps in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Even from abroad, Alena is passionate about economic development, politics, and social movements in Appalachia. Follow her on Twitter: @Alenaklimas

Nick Brumfield РNick was raised in Vienna, West Virginia, and graduated from Ohio University with a BA in Political Science in 2015. He received his MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University in 2017, and worked at an NGO in Jordan after graduation. Nick mostly writes about history and culture, with an eye toward both celebrating and critiquing Appalachian identity and popular memory. He currently lives and works in Arlington, VA. Follow him on Twitter: @Nickjbrumfield.

Annie Chester – Annie hails from the Steel City, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She studied World Religions and Global Studies at Ohio University. Her interests and writing lie at the intersection of environment, culture and society. Appropriately, she is pursuing a master’s degree of the same name at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Follow her on Twitter: @chestaannie.

Nick Musgrave – Nick grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia and graduated from Hastings College in Nebraska with degrees in History and Political Science. He’s spent time in Ireland for school and fun. A veteran of multiple political campaigns, Nick returned to Appalachia to work on a campaign based in Wheeling, WV. He currently works and lives in Wheeling with his wife, McKenna. Nick writes predominantly on history and politics, and relishes hearing or telling interesting stories about the past. Follow him on Twitter: @NickMusgraveWV


Olivia Miltner – Olivia is a freelance reporter based in Columbus, Ohio who writes about sustainability, culture and health. She¬†studied Global Studies and Journalism at Ohio University in SE Ohio. She’s also spent time studying in India. Her recent work has appeared in, OZY media, (614) Magazine, NPR, and Accuweather. When she’s not writing, she works at the YMCA as a before and after school childcare teacher. Find her on Twitter @Oliviamiltner or at her website