Greg Moore

Greg Moore is a co-founder and executive editor. Greg grew up in Morgantown and graduated from West Virginia University. He spent nearly 25 years as an editor and reporter at the Charleston Gazette and Charleston Gazette-Mail. He began his career there in 1996 as a copy editor, then covered beats including business, education, health and the city of Charleston as a reporter. He joined the Gazette’s city desk as an assistant city editor, then rose to become city editor and managing editor, and spent his last two years there as the Gazette-Mail’s executive editor.

Ken Ward Jr.

Ken Ward Jr. is a co-founder and editor-at-large. He is also a distinguished reporting fellow with our partner, the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica. Ken spent nearly three decades reporting for The Charleston Gazette on the impacts of coal mining, chemical manufacturing and natural gas drilling on his home state of West Virginia. In 2018, he received a MacArthur Fellowship – the so-called “Genius Grant” — for “revealing the human and environmental toll of natural resource extraction in West Virginia and spurring greater accountability among public and private stakeholders.” He grew up in Mineral County and graduated from West Virginia University. He lives in Charleston with his wife, Legal Aid Attorney Elizabeth Wehner, their son, Thomas, and their cat Henry.

Eric Eyre

Eric Eyre, who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting in 2017 for stories on the opioid crisis, is a co-founder and senior investigative reporter at Mountain State Spotlight. He is the author of Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies That Delivered the Opioid Epidemic. Eyre previously worked as a reporter for the Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette-Mail for 22 years, covering state government, health, business and education, and his award-winning investigative stories have mostly spotlighted issues in rural West Virginia communities. Eyre graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans and received a master’s degree from the University of South Florida at St Petersburg while on a Poynter Fund Fellowship.

Erica Peterson

Managing Editor

Erica Peterson has more than a decade of experience as a reporter, editor and newsroom manager in both West Virginia and Kentucky. She started her career as a reporter with West Virginia Public Broadcasting, then covered energy and the environment for years as a reporter at Louisville Public Media where her reporting took her into rivers, coal mines and World War II-era bunkers.

Most recently, Erica oversaw the large local and regional newsroom at Louisville Public Media as the director of news and programming. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Carleton College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.

Amelia Ferrell Knisely

Report for America corps member, covering poverty

Amelia Ferrell Knisely, a native of Rand in Kanawha County, 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.

Lucas Manfield

Reporter covering business and economic development

Lucas Manfield, who has covered housing, health care and government accountability for the Dallas Observer and interned at inewsource, another nonprofit news organization, in San Diego. Manfield graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2019, where his investigation into a death at a Los Angeles psychiatric hospital earned an Award for Excellence from the Association of Health Care Journalists.

Lauren Peace

Report for America corps member covering public health

Lauren Peace, who grew up in Morgantown, was a reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle/USA Today Network in Rochester, New York, where she helped lead coverage of a sexual harassment case at the University of Rochester. In 2018, she received a Fulbright research grant and moved to Kosovo, where she produced an interactive documentary project highlighting the stories of women throughout the country. She is a graduate of Columbia University’s Stabile Investigative Journalism Program.

Douglas Soule

Report for America corps member and watchdog reporter

Douglas Soule, a Bridgeport resident, worked with Moore and Ward as an intern at the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He has served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Athenaeum, West Virginia University’s independent student newspaper, for the past year. He has also interned at The Globe Post, and participated in the 2019 Politico Journalism Institute.

Molly Ballard

Development Manager

Molly is a native of Putnam County and began her career in nonprofit communications, working for start-up nonprofits in Copenhagen, Denmark and Manhattan.

Upon returning to the Mountain State, she began her development career in educational fundraising at the University of Charleston. While at UC, she worked to develop strategies regarding alumni engagement, new donor acquisition, donor retention, and stewardship. With her team, she implemented an annual, university-wide day of giving, the success of which afforded her the opportunity to present at an institutional fundraising conference in Washington, D.C. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Communication and is completing her master’s degree in Intercultural Studies.