Catherine V. Moore — Writer & Producer



Beauty Mountain Studio is a media production house named after a vista along the New River Gorge in Fayette County, West Virginia. Writer and radio producer Catherine Moore grew up in Charleston, WV, before completing studies at Harvard University and the University of Montana. After learning the craft of radio documentary production at a nationally distributed public radio show, she returned home to West Virginia in 2010 to work as a newspaper reporter and open Beauty Mountain Studio. Since that time, she has founded several public history projects serving her home community, including the DuBois Youth Leadership and Media Academy; the Paint Creek Audio History Project; the Cedar Grove documentary project; and the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. She was recently inducted as an honorary member of the United Mine Workers of America labor union for her work to preserve the history of the organization. She also served as the past media review editor for the The Journal of Appalachian StudiesIn 2014, she was selected as an Appalachian Transition Fellow for the“What’s Next, WV?” initiative by the Highlander Research and Education Center, a hub for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South. She has been the recipient of writing fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Vermont Studio Center, the West Virginia Humanities Council, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Her writing has appeared in Best American Essays, Oxford American, VICE, Fence, Verse, Columbia Journalism Review, VQR, and Yes! Her radio work has aired on public radio stations across the U.S. and on the BBC. “The Book of the Dead,” her essay about the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel Disaster, will be published in 2018 by West Virginia University Press as the introduction to a new edition of Muriel Rukeyser’s poetry. She is currently at work on a book of essays.




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?

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