Matt Wilson

Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee

Photo: Todd Brase

I have over 20 years experience as a classroom teacher in Appalachia. I grew up in East Tennessee way up in the northeast corner of the state near the  borders of Virginia & North Carolina. I was born in Johnson City, a small, state university town, but was raised in a neighboring mountain county.  Like most Appalachians, these mountains are my home.  I reside in Johnson City, Tennessee, with my wife of 22 years and our 16-year-old daughter. My hobbies include reading, playing guitar, walking with my dogs and practicing yoga.

Why Matt got involved:

I very rarely see the concerns of our region or portrayals of life in our region in media and/or entertainment.

What he’d like to see happen during the first 100 days of the next presidential administration:

I hope in this pre-election period that my neighbors & countrymen will come to realize there is more that unites us than divides us. 

Matt’s advice for journalists who want to cover Appalachia:

Don’t believe the historical caricature of this region. Like all stereotypes, it paints a picture, but not a complete one.

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