Nick Mullins is a 9th generation Appalachian and was the 5th generation of his family to work in the underground coal mines of Southwestern Virginia to support his family. Following his time working in the mines, Nick attended Berea College where he received a B.A. in communications Magna Cum Laude. His writing and commentary has been featured in a variety of publications including Yes! Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Appalachian Voice, Still: The Journal, The Hill, Grist, The Daily Beast, MIT’s Co-Lab Radio, and in the documentary film Blood on the Mountain (2016).
Nick’s work in Appalachian issues earned him the 2015 Julie and Norbert Stammer Appalachian Service Award, and his research into the receptivity of environmental messaging in the Appalachian coalfields earned accolades within the undergraduate communications community.
Today Nick works as a communications consultant through his organization Breaking Clean (www.breakclean.com), using his diverse life experience to shed further light on the struggles of all those impacted by extractive industries, while looking to inspire a new generation of conservation, activism, and common sense living. In addition to national public speaking tours and work in various forms of media, Nick offers his services to a variety of organizations, helping them to lessen the polarization between their missions and working class communities.