Emily is the Rural Center’s communications manager. She joined the Rural Center in July 2019 after finishing her master’s degree in communication from North Carolina State University. While at NC State, Emily conducted academic and proprietary research in the fields of media effects and organizational communication.
A Virginia transplant, Emily grew up in Charlotte and subsequently moved to Boone to earn her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Appalachian State University. While at Appalachian, Emily spent her days hiking through the Blue Ridge and developing a deep appreciation for western-style barbecue. Emily also studied abroad in Poland at the University of Gdansk where she took immersion courses in intercultural communication.
When not writing about North Carolina’s rural people and places, Emily enjoys listening to true crime podcasts, exploring history museums, and studying up on random trivia in preparation for an inevitable (hopefully) Jeopardy! stint.