Contributors

Michaela Platt, editor Summer/Fall 2020, as a lover of photography, reading and animals you can find her outside with a camera and her Labradoodles. Having lived in Appalachia for 15 years, she is deeply invested in the future of  the Appalachian Highlands. She is a Senior studying journalism and International Affairs. 

Allison Winters, writer Summer 2020, loves photography and writing poetry. Originally from Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, she is now a senior studying media and communications with a focus in journalism. She hopes to be able to further her journalism career by writing for a print newspaper after graduation.

Kate Trabalka, Writer/Reporter Summer 2020, loves dance, photography and sharing real people’s stories with the world. She is a Media and Communications Major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in dance. She is the Executive Editor for ETSU's campus newspaper, the East Tennessean, and she hopes to continue her passion for writing and local news in the future.

Gabriel Edmunds is a senior journalism major and english minor at ETSU. He plans to marry the love of his life in 2021 and start his career as a reporter for print media. He hopes to one day write a novel as well as move to a more urban area, like New York, to write for newspapers. 

Kirsty McCaughtry, associate editor Fall 2020, is a journalism major and psychology minor at ETSU. She is currently a General Assignment Reporter for ETSU's East Tennessean newspaper and hopes to travel after college and continue her passion for writing. 

Casey Keeley is a Senior in Media and Communications at East Tennessee State University with a concentration in journalism with a double minor in RTVF and Marketing. She currently works as an Editorial Columnist for the East Tennessean, ETSU’S student run newspaper, and an Event Photographer for VIPSeen magazine. 

Laura Chrisman grew up in an area surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains in a town once known for textile production and the railroad. She loves to read, cheer on her favorite football teams, and geek out over her fandoms. Laura is working as an associate editor on Overlooked in Appalachia for the Fall 2020 semester. 

Atlantis Warren enjoys being creative in various ways that brings her ideas to life. Atlantis was born and raised in Memphis, TN. She is a senior who is double majoring in Kinesiology and Media and Communication with a concentration of Journalism and is set to graduate May 2021.

Hannah Brooks is a senior media and communication major with a concentration in journalism and Japanese minor. She likes baking and cooking new things. In her free time, she likes to listen to music, read manga and watch anime. After graduating, she hopes to do some traveling. 

Gabriel Davis is an English major with a minor in astronomy at ETSU. He is a senior and will be graduating May 2021 with the intentions of going to graduate school, also for English. He would love to teach at the university level. His interests include film, poetry, and anything and everything to do with searching for meaning and purpose in this beautifully confusing life. He also has a deep love for “The Office” and “The Golden Girls.” Without these two shows, life would certainly be much more dull for him! He looks forward to an experience of learning with “Overlooked in Appalachia.”

Karley Scarbrough is a junior at ETSU with a Public Relations and Advertising major. She also has a passion for writing, marketing, and photography. She has high hopes of one day becoming a PR specialist for an up and coming brand. 

Chase Mitchell joined the faculty at ETSU in 2018 where he teaches, researches, and writes about technical communication, content management, and multimodal instruction. Chase is the Director of the Technical & Professional Writing Minor, a shared program between the Departments of Literature & Language and Media & Communication and coordinates the university’s Adobe Certified Associate program. Chase lives in Bristol, Tennessee, with his wife Mott and their two dogs, Bigfoot and Fuzzle. He enjoys baseball, books, and British comedy.

Kayla Hackney is a southwest Virginia native and a senior at ETSU with a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing. She currently serves as an editor for ETSU’s campus newspaper, the East Tennessean. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and binge-watching Star Trek. 

This project was born out of a desire to cover the issues that face our community and region, specifically the Appalachian Highlands, The Blue Ridge Mountains, and Greater Appalachia.