Three West Virginia Leaders in Health, Science and Business

Apr 7, 2017

Sylvia Matthews Burwell is a West Virginia native
Credit Office/Sen. Jay Rockefeller

In this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we hear three of our favorite stories from the Inspiring West Virginians series.  

The series highlights leaders in health, business and science.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • Dr. D. Holmes Morton, of Fayetteville, is a high school dropout who found meaningful work by founding a clinic for children who have special needs.
  • Sylvia Mathews Burwell, former HHS secretary. Burwell was one of the first people interviewed for the Inspiring West Virginians series, back in 2010.
  • Dr. Geoffrey Cousins, who could have worked anywhere as a heart surgeon. But he came home to West Virginia to practice medicine.

Independent producer Jean Snedegar reported these stories with the help of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Suzanne Higgins.

After working for the BBC for more than 20 years, in 2002 Snedegar returned to her home town of Elkins, West Virginia because she missed the mountains and her people.

Music in this episode was provided by D. Holmes Morton and Paul Holmes Morton, Ed Bowes, Gerry Milnes, John Gallagher, W.G. "Snuffy" Walden, Dinosaur Burps, Roma Yagnik, Ben Townsend, and  Anna and Elizabeth.

Patrick Stephens is our audio mixer. Roxy Todd is our producer.

Jesse Wright is our executive producer.

Independent producer Jean Snedegar reported these stories with the help of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Suzanne Higgins.

After working for the BBC for more than 20 years, in 2002 Snedegar returned to her home town of Elkins, West Virginia because she missed the mountains and her people.