A few words from colleagues, peers and co-conspirators, plus some media articles about the work I've been doing.

By Doug Imbrogno, Charleston Gazette-Mail

By Doug Imbrogno, Charleston Gazette-Mail


"Jake is a force to be reckoned with and a joy to collaborate with. He brings high energy and the sharpest of wit to every challenge, and he raises the bar on creative vision. If you want to be challenged and entertained as you make cool new things out of not much, I'd pick Jake to lead that team. He's a kind of pied piper of cool — assembling eclectic groups of creative people in a way that feels less like work and more like the party of the year.”

Dana Coester - Associate Professor
Reed College of Media at West Virginia University


“As the Director of Strategic Network Communications, Jake was a transformational employee for the West Virginia Community Development Hub. All of his work exceeded expectations and he helped The Hub to grow and expand significantly over the past 2.5 years. It was a joy to work with him, both as a colleague and supervisor.”

Stephanie Tyree - Executive Director
West Virginia Community Development Hub

"Jake has an amazing ability to bring people toward a common vision. Under his creative leadership, New Story has grown into the go-to gathering for writers, communicators and storytellers who are trying to create the narrative of hope for the state. Jake is a gifted communicator with excellent public speaking skills and a journalist's way with words.”

Maryanne Reed - Dean
Reed College of Media at West Virginia University




Using Text Messaging to Engage High School Students in Political Issues - 100 Days in Appalachia, Oct. 2018.

Unveiling the First Ever Pittsburgh Pitch - NEXTPittsburgh, May 2018

Appalachia Finds Its Own Voice - Columbia Journalism Review, July 2017

Native Australian Working to Tackle National Narrative About West Virginia - Charleston Gazette-Mail, June 2017 

New Story Is Here - Vandaleer, June 2017

Huntington Organizers Feature at Statewide Conference - Huntington Herald-Dispatch, June 2017

New Story Celebrates West Virginia's Entrepreneurial Spirit - Charleston Gazette-Mail, May 2017

Changing the Narrative of News in the Mountain State - Charleston Gazette-Mail, June 2016