Sam Owens – Behind the Lens

This story is courtesy of Vandaleer partner Generation West Virginia. "upThink" is: "a new email series designed by young people for young people around topics that matter to us"  To subscribe, click here:...

My Farewell Address

Feature Photo by Perry Bennett Mr. Speaker, Mr. President, members of the Board of Public Works, justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals, members of the Legislature, distinguished guests, and my fellow...

Blessings in a Backpack

This story was originally published on  West Virginia Executive The teacher knew they were hungry. There were five little ones in her classroom whose families were struggling to make ends meet. These...

The Possibility of Progress

  The flyover states.  The states that lie between New York and California. They feel ignored. They are misunderstood by the “coastal elites”. They just decided who the next president will...

Soon As I Could

First things first: I wasn’t born in West Virginia.Upon learning this fact, more than one person who was born in West Virginia has recommended that I add “but I got here as soon as I could.”That...

West Virginia, Say Hello to InstaMeet

Jake Lynch is the Director of Network Communications for the Vandaleer partner: West Virginia Hub.   Last Saturday, Clutch MOV, a Vandaleer.com partner, hosted their second “InstaMeet,” bringing people...

A West Virginia Reputation

The story is courtesy of a partnership with the great folks at Clutchmov.  “An online lifestyle magazine for the Mid-Ohio Valley” – including Parkersburg and its surrounding community. West Virginia,...

There is Only The Commons

If I asked any John Marshall High School graduate from 1968 until 2015 where they ate lunch, I would get a specific answer. They wouldn’t have to think about it. They wouldn’t have to try to remember....

Why I am Staying in West Virginia

The following is part of a Vandaleer series from partner Preservation Alliance of West Virginia.  The series focuses on young adults in West Virginia. I was born and raised in Morgantown, WV. I am a 2006...

Beauty Beyond the Leaves

Busting through fallen leaves early a few brisk mornings ago had me thinking. Born and raised in West Virginia I’ve heard the jokes, stereotypes, and assumptions that seem to cling to the native roots...