Inspiring West Virginians

Jean Snedegar

Our newsroom recently teamed up with the producers of Inspiring West Virginians for a special episode of Inside Appalachia. The show features Mountain State natives who are leaders in business or a STEM field. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. 

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Keren Brown Wilson of War, WV says it all started with her mom, Jessie.  At just age 55, Jessie had a stoke that confined her to nursing homes for the next decade.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Karen Brown-Wilson, an inspiring West Virginian from McDowell County.  Also, reporter Liz McCormick takes us back to 1864 for a Civil War Christmas in Harpers Ferry. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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Rod Van Meter strolls the halls at Duke University in Durham, N.C., knowing his very satisfying year here as a visiting professor on Fellowship is wrapping up.

Soon he’ll be returning to Keio University in Japan, and Shonan Fujisawa campus, about an hour southwest of Tokyo near the coast.

Forty-nine year old Van Meter of Williamson, WV is one of just a few thousand scientists and engineers in the world working on the future of Information Technology – quantum computers and networks. 

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Rod Van Meter, an inspiring West Virginian from Mingo County who is on the cutting edge of information technology.  The story on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet another inspiring West Virginian, Marilyn Johnson of Kanawha County.  Also, the popular Christmas song “Frosty the Snowman” was written by another West Virginian.

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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She’s so beautiful that after retiring as a global executive for IBM, she was pursued by the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency as a mature model, appearing in numerous ads for national commercials.

But today Marilyn Johnson is one of the most high profile African-American businesswomen in the country.  She’s CEO of one of the most prestigious women’s organizations in the world – the International Women’s Forum headquartered in Washington, DC.

Inspiring West Virginians tells the stories of West Virginians who are exceptional leaders in science and business. We visit them where they are, learn about what they do, hear stories of their childhoods and the influence of a West Virginia upbringing.  Added to that are the perspectives of friends, relatives and colleagues.  

Coming from small towns or modest means, they’ve all overcome hardships and hurdles on their way to the top of their fields.

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On West Virginia Morning, Clark Davis updates us on the needle exchange program in Huntington.  And we’ll preview the new radio documentary about inspiring West Virginians. 

These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.

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He’s got a beautiful voice. 

In fact, he was once a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus - the house chorus for the Boston Symphony Orchestra – and he currently sings with the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh. 

For over five seasons WVPB has broadcast Inspiring West Virginians, a radio series telling stories of West Virginians who are exceptional leaders in science and business.  We visit them where they are, learn about what they do, hear stories of their childhoods and the influence of a West Virginia upbringing.  Added to that are the perspectives of friends, relatives and colleagues.

The Clinic for Special Children in Lancaster County, PA, a world-renowned treatment and research center for rare genetic disorders, will break ground on a second rural clinic in central Pennsylvania Saturday, Oct. 24 – part of the ongoing work of Dr. Holmes and Caroline Morton, West Virginia natives and subjects of WVPB’s series Inspiring West Virginians.

Inspiring West Virginians is West Virginia Public Broadcasting's radio documentary series featuring the personal stories of West Virginians who have made significant contributions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or business.

We’ll hear some of the Christmas messages that were broadcasted into high security prisons this week on the Calls from Home radio program. The holidays often bring back memories of years past, and this is especially hard for those with a family member or loved one who’s passed away. And we’ll hear about a former marine in West Virginia who’s now helping people pull themselves out of poverty. You’ll find these stories and more this week, Inside Appalachia.

It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together

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On West Virginia Morning, we’ll meet Jake Harriman, an Inspiring West Virginian who is fighting extreme poverty in the world.  And Clark Davis has a report about West Liberty University basketball.  The team is one of the best in the country…again. 

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Jake Harriman is a Preston County farm boy who grew up to become a leader in the fight against one of the world’s biggest problems:  extreme poverty. 

Harriman is one of three leaders in science and business profiled in the public radio documentary Inspiring West Virginians.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra explains the practice of “pooling” and how it affects mineral and surface owners in the Marcellus Shale gas region of the state.  And we meet Dr. Patrice Harris, a noted physician in Atlanta who grew up in the coalfields of West Virginia.

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During his distinguished career, theoretical physicist and cosmologist Adrian Melott has been a pioneer in two completely different fields of space science – and he credits his focus and curiosity in large part to his grandfather who read a lot about science, and his father, a machinist who allowed him “free reign” in a chemistry lab in the family basement.

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On West Virginia Morning, Ashton Marra reports from the state capitol where new legislative leaders were chosen yesterday.  And we profile another inspiring West Virginian who was the first to use supercomputers to study the large-scale structure of the universe.

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A West Virginia native, Bill Petros led world renowned Duke University Cancer Center for a decade, but when the opportunity arose to continue his work at home, he left Duke for a spot at West Virginia University.

Dominion Resources' Atlantic Coast Pipeline has caused an uproar in some Virginia counties in its path, but in West Virginia, the proposed pipeline is just starting to gain attention. A recent meeting in Greenbank in Pocahontas County was focused on helping property owners understand the project and what they can do to protect their land.

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