Frankfort High School Marching Band

What do you picture when you hear the word “Appalachia?”

It’s likely that picture was in black and white. 

Nancy Andrews is one of the people behind the 100 Days in Appalachia news website that is helping to show people what Appalachia looks like with all of its colors included and with many different people represented with various jobs and ways of life.
The site was created to show a fuller picture of Appalachia as national focus shifted to the region after the election of President Donald Trump. 

Andrews is a former photographer at the Washington Post and former chief of innovation at the Detroit Free Press. Most recently she was Ogden Newspapers Visiting Professor in Media Innovation at West Virginia University’s Reed College of Media, which produces the 100 Days in Appalachia site in collaboration with West Virginia Public Broadcasting and The Daily Yonder of the Center for Rural Strategies.

Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews (Photo Provided)


In this episode of Sparked, we talk with Andrews as she describes the first several months of reporting for the 100 Days website: the people she met, how she approached the work and how her subjects approached her. There is also a discussion of potato chips, in case that interests you. 

Woman in hijab. Guys in bar.

PHOTOGRAPHS BY NANCY ANDREWS/Courtesy 100 days in appalachia



Please check out the 100 Days in Appalachia website to see her work and that of the rest of the 100 Days team. It is a treasure trove of stories about the region at a time when the region is a hot topic of conversation. Even though it is past 100 Days from the start of the Donald Trump presidency, they are continuing to turn out important stories that put the national news about Appalachia in context. 

Boy in hat. Couple in store.


And if you want to see more photography from the region, visit the photo collaborative lookingatappalachia.org

A big thank you to Nancy Andrews and Justin Hayhurst for letting us tag along on their reporting and for their recordings of dulcimer music and the women’s march in Washington, D.C. 

We also want to thank Mister Bee Potato Chip Co. for letting us record in their factory in Parkersburg, W.Va. 

This is the last episode in the first season of Sparked. Thanks for joining us at the beginning of this journey. 

As we produce the next season to air in spring 2018, give us your feedback at wvumag@mail.wvu.edu.