Sustaining 'Sustained Outrage' after the Charleston Gazette-Mail Bankruptcy


Legendary Charleston Gazette Publisher Ned Chilton called it “sustained outrage.” He said it wasn’t enough to do a story or two about an injustice – it took in-depth coverage to fix a wrong.

But with the Gazette-Mail going bankrupt, supporters are concerned about that tradition of investigative reporting. How can we keep accountability journalism healthy and strong in West Virginia?

On this week’s Front Porch podcast, we discuss the Gazette’s legacy – from a Pulitzer Prize just last year for uncovering a flood of prescription painkillers sent to rural West Virginia, to uncovering corruption that helped lead to two Governors going to prison.

We also talk about the need for non-profit and for-profit media to come together to do this sort of in-depth, accountability journalism.

And, there’s a bill to legalize noodling catfish in West Virginia. We’ll discuss.

(BTW, the West Virginia teacher walkout occurred after we taped this episode – we’ll discuss it next week!)

Welcome to “The Front Porch,” where we tackle the tough issues facing Appalachia the same way you talk with your friends on the porch.
Hosts include WVPB Executive Director and recovering reporter Scott Finn; economist Jessi Troyan of the free-market Cardinal Institute; and liberal columnist and avid goat herder Rick Wilson with the American Friends Service Committee.

An edited version of “The Front Porch” airs Fridays at 4:50 p.m. on West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s radio network, and the full version is available at and as a podcast as well.

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