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Emily Allen

Emily Allen works in Charleston covering the state Legislature and public affairs throughout southern West Virginia. 


Emily came to West Virginia through Report for America, an initiative from the GroundTruth Project to place emerging journalists in newsrooms throughout the country. As an RFA corps member, Emily intends to hold decision-making bodies accountable for their impact on constituents so West Virginians can make the right decisions for themselves and their families. 


Emily most recently worked for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota, covering all that falls under the purview of local government -- everything from how international trade discussions impact regional industries to military issues, economic development and the 2018 midterm elections.


Emily graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.A. in Journalism. As a student, she interned at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and American Public Media’s podcast division. She also covered local arts and entertainment for the University’s student-run Radio K.


A federal judge on Monday denied the latest attempt from rapper Kanye West to make the Mountain State’s ballot this November.

Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that he will sign an executive order authorizing universities and colleges to reopen their campuses this fall. 

West Virginians across the state came together in protest over the weekend, joining thousands across the country demanding action after the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, both at the hands of police. 

This time of year, the Hatfield McCoy trail system in southern West Virginia usually is buzzing with ATVs. In fact, Jeffrey Lusk, director of the Hatfield McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, said he makes almost half of his permit sales for the year from March 1 to April 30. 

But for towns and local businesses along the trail system, things are pretty quiet these days. The Hatfield McCoy trails have been closed since March 20, by an executive order from Governor Jim Justice to enforce social distancing and public health recommendations from the federal government. 


A fully unredacted version of an audit of the state’s main privately-run, state-regulated landline provider was made public by a science and technology website Thursday, indicating the phone company faces a serious shrinking customer and revenue base in the Mountain state. 

The West Virginia House of Delegates has passed a bill that would allow voters with certain disabilities to vote electronically in the upcoming election. 

Local and state leaders are beginning to clear roadways in eastern West Virginia, where counties dealt with severe thunderstorms and flash flooding Saturday night. Volunteers and the state National Guard have been a big part of their recovery.