About the Author

nick-mullins LJACNick Mullins is a 9th generation Appalachian and was the fifth generation of his family to work in the underground coal mines of central Appalachia. He is a 2016 graduate of Berea College where he received his B.A. in communications with additional focuses in Appalachian studies and sustainability and environmental studies.  Nick’s writing and commentary has been featured in a variety of publications including Yes! Magazine, Audubon Magazine, The Hill, The Washington Post, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR’s The World and many others. Nick’s work in Appalachian issues earned him the 2015 Stammer Appalachian Service Award, and his research into the receptivity of environmentalists and environmental messaging in the Appalachian coalfields earned accolades within the undergraduate communications community. Nick’s work has also included two cross country public outreach tours, and the short documentary Coal Mined. When he isn’t working, Nick enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and enlightening unsuspecting strangers on socioeconomic issues.