Catherine Venable Moore — Writer & Producer



Writer and radio producer Catherine Venable Moore grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, and studied writing at Harvard University and the University of Montana. After producing radio for BackStoryshe returned home to West Virginia to work as a newspaper reporter and open Beauty Mountain Studio. Since then, she has co-founded several public history projects, including the Paint Creek Audio Tour; the Cedar Grove documentary project; and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Local 1440 of the United Mine Workers of America labor union inducted her as an honorary member for her work to preserve the history of the organization. She served as an Appalachian Transition Fellow for the “What’s Next, WV?” initiative and the Highlander Research and Education Center, a hub for movement building in Appalachia and the South. The MacDowell Colony, the Millay Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History have supported her writing, which has been published by Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, Glamour, Fence, Verse, Columbia Journalism Review, VQR, and Yes! The BBC, NPR, and other networks have aired her radio work. Her current projects include two works of narrative nonfiction set in Appalachia, to be published by Random House.




View from Beauty Mountain (Charles Hayes)

View from Beauty Mountain (Charles B. Hayes)


  1. I couldn’t help but say something after reading your nicely written and interesting — OK, intriguing — “About” section and not having any responses! I just got your e-mail message about a Mary Lee Settle project and want to talk to you about it. I’ll phone.
    Henry Battle 5:00 pm 8/24/2012
    PS For what class year did you interview for Brown? That will help my recollection.

  2. Thanks, Henry! I’ll look forward to your call. I graduated high school in 2000.

  3. Dear Catherine, I am so excited and grateful for the work you are doing! We just had a memorial service for my mother, Mabel Jarrell,at Virginia’s Chapel on May 16, 2013. Her whole family is from Cedar Grove. She died at 90 1/2, her older sister Mary Ellen Taylor knew Mary Settle and sent us a copy of “Addie” a few years back before she died. We just loved the book, it is my mother’s story and history. We visited the Thompkins Mansion while in WV and found out about you. I live in Pembroke, MA and feel much as you do about WV. I thank you for all you are doing and hope to follow your work closely.
    P.S. My cousin Rev. David White was the pastor of the Oak Hill Baptist Church for about 25 years. He just retired in 2007.

    • Deanna, I really appreciate your note! Great to hear from a kindred WV spirit. I’m so glad you found my website, and the project. I bet your mother had a Cedar Grove story or two. If it’s ok, I’ll add you to the email update list so you can keep up with progress…

      • Please add me to your email. Also there is a Cedar Grove Community Trailblazers Facebook page where a lot of CG history & pictures are shared.

  4. This is a great website! Keep up the good work! Also there’s a low power radio station on Beauty Mountain in Edmond WV. Is that the one you dream about sometimes?

  5. My Mom’s family were from Packsville, W Va in Raleigh Co. They were the George McClellen and Mary Jane (Farley) Jarrell’s. They had about 10 children, including my grandmother Donna Kathleen.

    I loved going to Charleston and Grannie Jarrell’s as a boy, and a recent reading of ‘Addie’ by Mary Lee Settle took me there again. I will try to follow you at the public library and on-line.
    By the way, my grand-daughter is coincidentally nicknamed Addie. Best Regards, Rex Holland, Albuquerque

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