Amelia Ferrell Knisely is a Report for America Corps member who covers poverty. A native of Rand in Kanawha County, she started her career in her home state then served as editor of The Contributor in Nashville, a nonprofit street paper sold by men and women experiencing homelessness. She later covered education for The Tennessean. Most recently, as a Report for America corps member at the Charleston Gazette-Mail, she documented the state’s thousands of homeless students, forcing political leaders to start looking for solutions to the problem. She holds a bachelor's degree from Shepherd University and a master's degree from Marshall University.