JW Randolph, 24 is originally from the town of Birchwood in East Tennessee.
Since 2004, JW has worked for Appalachian Voices, a regional group working to stop mountaintop removal coal-mining in Appalachia. JW currently serves in Washington DC as staff Legislative Associate, working to pass the Clean Water Protection Act, a bill that would stop the dumping of mountaintop removal mining waste into Appalachian headwater streams.
His degree is in Appalachian Political History at Appalachian State University. JW also runs the Appalachian Voices blog, and commonly posts on other regional blogs under the pseudonym "faithfull." His hobbies are lobbying, birding, and the banjo.