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Our mission is to help West Virginians improve their state by producing “sustained outrage” journalism that exposes abuses of power by government, business and other institutions.

Mountain State Spotlight is an independent, civic news organization that tells stories of importance to West Virginians about the issues and challenges facing their communities.

With a team of seasoned editors and aggressive reporters, we will produce journalism that exposes abuses of power by government, business and other institutions, and keeps after the story until positive changes are made. We will explain complex issues, and illustrate how public policy decisions affect real West Virginians. We will lift up the voices of those who might not otherwise be heard.

We will be focusing on major issues including public health threats, economic development challenges, environmental issues, and government accountability. Our goal is to become the definitive source of information about the state.

As a nonprofit newsroom, we rely on your help to power our journalism. Currently, we are operating with our partner, GroundTruth (Report for America) as a fiscal sponsor, and donations to us can be made here. All donations go entirely to Mountain State Spotlight. We are becoming an independent 501(c)(3) group and we have ambitious plans to grow the staff, build philanthropic support, and serve West Virginians.