A native of Clifton Forge, Mason has covered Blue Ridge and Appalachian communities since 2001. He worked for Waynesville, N.C.’s Enterprise-Mountaineer from 2001 to 2003 and The Roanoke Times from 2003 through 2012. He’s freelanced since then, with bylines in Politico Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Republic, Vice, Blue Ridge Outdoors, Scalawag, Belt Magazine and many more. He lives in Floyd County.
Division over bus station move exposes downtown Roanoke’s ‘growing pains’
By: Mason Adams - March 21, 2019
ROANOKE— A rapidly growing neighborhood that’s sprung up in downtown Roanoke has reversed decades of population loss and revitalized previously vacant buildings. The influx of new residents, however, have complicated policy decisions in a district that’s traditionally been home to citywide and regional public services. And as to the question of where to locate Roanoke’s […]
Amid federal criminal probe and a state lawsuit, why hasn’t the Virginia DEQ stopped work on Mountain Valley Pipeline?
By: Mason Adams - March 1, 2019
FLOYD — Nearly one year ago, Gov. Ralph Northam celebrated newly passed legislation he touted as an expansion of Virginia’s ability to protect its waterways. The two bills established a process for the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality to stop work on large natural gas pipelines if it determined there was a “substantial adverse impact […]
Inside the furious social media fight over proposed I-81 tolling
By: Mason Adams - February 19, 2019
The fiercest battle over the prospect of tolling on Interstate 81 in 2019 did not take place within the Virginia Capitol. Sure, the debate within the General Assembly over how best to fund capital improvements on the 325-mile highway that sees 42 percent of statewide interstate truck traffic left a few bruises. A plan to […]
Southwest Virginia lawmakers push legislation to boost a struggling region
By: Mason Adams - February 11, 2019
Virginia Republican state Sen. Bill Carrico has a long-running reputation as a fiscal and social conservative with little tolerance for vice or tax increases. So why did the former state trooper from Grayson County carry legislation this year to open the door for casino gambling in Bristol and for counties to levy new cigarette taxes? […]