Mountain State Spotlight is excited to announce that Quenton King will join our team as a Public Health Reporter.

Photo courtesy Quenton King.

King, a native of Charles Town, has worked most recently as a policy analyst for the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. His past research and organizing work focused on criminal justice, public health and environmental justice issues. King holds a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and a master’s of public health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.

“We are thrilled to add Quenton to our growing team,” said Mountain State Spotlight co-founder Ken Ward Jr. “His passion for lifting up the voices of West Virginia communities that are too often forgotten makes him a powerful addition to our newsroom.”

As Mountain State Spotlight’s public health reporter, King will investigate and explain a system that has resulted in our state having among the poorest health outcomes in the nation. His position will be funded in part through Report for America, a national service program that works to place journalists in local newsrooms around the country. Report for America pays a percentage of corps members’ salaries; to help Mountain State Spotlight with its share of King’s salary, donate here.

King’s first day will be Sept. 27.