…to answer the question: “Who is writing this and why should I care?”
I started this blog as a graduate student in the M.S. Journalism program at West Virginia University. I’ll be honest, I would never have begun this venture had it not been for WVU’s Blogging and Interactive Journalism class in the spring of 2012. After I got started, I ended up enjoying this subject enough to make an effort at continuing this blog.
I’m originally from Cumberland, Md. (hence how I got the idea to write about the National Road), graduated from Allegany High School and I earned my B.A. in Journalism at Huntington University in Huntington, Ind. From my junior year until I came to WVU, I was a staff reporter at The Huntington County TAB in Huntington, Ind. I covered government, politics, sports and features during my two-year-plus stint at that paper. During the summer of 2012, I interned at the Daily Mail.
I have always loved travel, and I’ve been all over the U.S. and a few foreign countries. I believe travel should be about the journey and the experience of getting from point A to point B, in addition to exploring the destination. Travel is a learning experience – whether it’s learning about people or about a place. And that’s what fascinates me about roads like U.S. 40 – there’s so much more along old roads that the interstates miss.