Energy and the Environment: Communication ChallengesFor many communities, the environmental impacts of energy production create a unique paradox in that jobs are created by the same energy sources that can cause environmental harm. This public program is aimed at discussing how communication can help solve and/or contribute to environmental issues caused by energy creation and consumption.
Emily Hughes Corio is a teaching associate professor in the Reed College of Media at WVU. She teaches journalism courses in audio and video reporting and leads a collaborative reporting project in which student journalists cover relevant issues in West Virginia. In 2018, the issue focus was the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Prior to joining the WVU faculty, Hughes Corio was Assistant News Director for public television and radio in West Virginia and worked as a journalist in the state for ten years.
Lou Martin is an associate professor of history at Chatham University and author of "Smokestacks in the Hills: Rural-Industrial Workers in West Virginia." He is a founding board member of the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum and an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America, Local 1440. He has written on coal industry rhetoric and is currently researching the 1950s and 1960s collapse of the coalfield economy.
Peter Bsumek is a professor in the School of Communication Studies at James Madison University, where he has served as director of the MA program in communication and advocacy and coordinator of the interdisciplinary environmental studies minor program. He is the 2014 recipient of the NCA Environmental Communication Division’s J. Robert Cox Award for Environmental Communication and Civic Engagement. He has also won the Christine Oravec Research Award (2014) and the Tarla Peterson Award for the Environmental Communication Book of the Year (2016). Bsumek teaches courses in environmental communication, social movement rhetoric, advocacy and rhetoric.