Revisiting Mark Combs' Struggle to Stay: Headed Home?


On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at the story of Mark Combs— a comedian, an actor and dog owner moving from West Virginia across the country to chase big dreams. What could possibly go wrong?

And we’ll get a new update on where he is now. 

A little over a year ago, we brought you the stories of six people trying to navigate their lives in and out of Appalachia. Earlier this year the series, called The Struggle to Stay, won a national award.

Mark is one of the many West Virginians who has decided they have no choice but to leave the state.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Glynis Board tracked Mark’s journey as he made his decision to leave West Virginia and struggle to make a life for himself outside Appalachia.

Music in this show was provided by Ben Townsend, Dylan Moses McGonigle and Marisa Anderson. Glynis Board produced this show. Ibby Caputo and Jesse Wright were our editors. Molly Born is our web editor. We’d love to hear from you.  You can e-mail us at Find us on Twitter @InAppalachia.