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Dana Coester

Professor, WVU Reed College of Media; Creative Director, WVU Media Innovation Center; Editor in Chief, 100 Days in Appalachia

Dana Coester is a professor at West Virginia University Reed College of Media, where she is creative director for the university’s Media Innovation Center. She’s also founder and editor in chief for the collaborative media outlet 100 Days in Appalachia, which received a national Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage on extremism and political violence. Coester’s research focuses on domestic extremism both online and offline in America. She directed the forthcoming documentary Raised by Wolves, about the risks of radicalization for young Appalachians exposed to weaponized mis/disinformation in social media and online gaming. As the leader of the Rural Digital Resilience project that seeks to prevent violent extremism, Coester received the Benedum Distinguished Scholars Award for her work.

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