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Home/Field “Author Engagements” –  Interview with Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth in the Journal of the Anthropology of North America, Spring 2021.

Marshall professors’ book earns Weatherford Award for best books about Appalachia – Marshall University Press Release.

New Book Tells Stories of 2014 Water Crisis – Reporting on “I’m Afraid of that Water” in the Mountain State Sierran (Sierra Club).

Seen through the eyes of folklorists and educators, Appalachia is a region still defined by its people reports on the collaborative work on “I’m Afraid of that Water” that included graduate students at Marshall University. Charleston Gazette-Mail, May 2020

WV Book Team: Forthcoming book documents the 2014 Elk River chemical spill

MU students’ work a part of anthropological conferenceJosephine Mendez reports on the unique, invited involvement of the School of Art and Design in the meeting and highlights the collaborative, expressive nature of Reinventing and Reinvesting in the Local for Our Common Good for the Herald-Dispatch in April 2016

Behind the Scenes at the SAS Annual Meeting – Taylor Poling reports on the unique experience of putting together the conference from the ground up with a group of student-interns for the The Parthenon, Apr 2016

Conference Offers Ideas to Improve Local Communities – Lacie Pierson of the Herald-Dispatch reports on the how Hoey and a group of student-interns envisioned and worked toward fulfilling the conference theme of working toward a common good, Apr 2016

Marshall University professor named conference chair for 51st Annual Meeting of the Southern Anthropological Society Taylor Poling reports on Hoey’s commitments to anthropology, Marshall University, and to the City of Huntington (and beyond) in the name of our common good for Marshall University’s The Parthenon, 2016

Create Huntington:  An Empowering Movement to Create a Better Community – Anna Laferre reports on the non-profit–on which Hoey has served as a member and Vice President of the Board–for Huntington Quarterly [will take a moment to load].

Are You Tuned in to Your Trainees? – Gail Dutton addresses the importance of an historically and culturally informed approach to training in this February 2011 article for Training Magazine

Huntington wrestles with image, attitude – Bryan Chambers reports on the prospects and challenges for citizen-driven change in Huntington, West Virginia in this June 14th 2009 article for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper

Create Huntington calls on citizens – Bryan Chambers reports on the findings of a study detailing the prospects and challenges for growth and change in the community of Huntington, West Virginia in this May 19th 2009 article for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper

Cabell County, Huntington poised for growth, progress – Tyson Compton, new president of the Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau, comments on the opportunities for economic growth in the Tri-State region in this March 22nd  2009 article for the Herald-Dispatch newspaper

Rural Renaissance – John Ivanko reports on the contribution made by the Life-style Migration Project to understanding the phenomenon of urban to rural migration in an article for Michigan Today, Vol. 35(1) in 2004.

In Pursuit of the Dream – The April 2004 edition of Traverse Magazine hasa feature story on the Life-style Migration Project.

Making Time for Tradition – Traverse Magazine’s interesting article on family traditions which ran in the November 2001 issue and includes my commentary on the importance of ritual and reference to my ongoing fieldwork project on working families.  You may download the file in PDF format.

Come back to the five & dime, Margaret Mead, Margaret Mead – In an article published nationally in July 2000, The Associated Press takes a detailed look at the Life-style Migration Research Project.

Life-style Migration – An article from the Traverse City Record Eagle.


NPR Which Way to Paradise?

NPR affiliate WICA-FM 91.5 – David Casselman reporting for a new series, 24 September 2015.

Lead-in: Some people move to northern Michigan to get a fresh start in life. Brian Hoey, an anthropologist at Marshall University, calls them “lifestyle migrants.” He’s studied this phenomenon in northern Michigan for years Hoey’s newest book is called Opting for Elsewhere and profiles people in their prime working years who choose to move to places like Traverse City. “When I say lifestyle migration, I’m emphasizing migration that’s done for non-economic reasons,” Hoey says. “That people are moving for reasons that might be considered more about identity and what they feel is important in order to live a certain lifestyle to reemphasize things like family or community.” [link to audio]

NPR Rural Life
NPR affiliate WICA-FM 91.5 – Bob Allen reporting for “Points North,” a 1 Hour Call-in Show, 27 January 2006. Thanks to IPR, I have archived the audio files on my website.

Lead-in: Since the age of steamships northern Michigan has been a destination. People flocked here and left behind the grit of city life if only for a vacation. But in the last few decades more transients have made “up north” their permanent home. Quite a few seek a more authentic experience or a chance to remake themselves. But some find the allure of nature doesn’t match their expectations. This week on Points North we’ll explore the real and imagined in rural life.  This show aired27 January 2002. [mp3 audio]

NPR Landscapes of Community

NPR Affiliate, WICA, 91.5 FM – Peter Payette, News Director at Interlochen Public Radio prepared a detailed report on the project that aired the week of 21st January 2002.  Thanks to IPR, I have archived the audio files on my website.

 Part I — 24 January 2002

Lead-in: For most of the 20th century, Americans migrated to cities for jobs.  But in the seventies, demographers found people were leaving urban areas for the country, for no apparent reason.  One anthropologist calls this phenomenon life-style migration.  And he’s been in Traverse City studying it.   [Real Media]

Part II — 25 January 2002

Lead-in:This winter, there have been discussions about inviting people from New York City – people traumatized by the attacks of September 11th – to Northern Michigan for respite.  The idea of the area as a place of refuge is not new.  It’s at least as old as the crumbling state hospital.  And as Peter Payette reports, it continues to draw people here today. [Real Media]

NPR Stateside

NPR Affiliate, Michigan Public Radio – Charity Nebbe of MPR conducted an interview with me for the program “Stateside.”  This show aired on Tuesday, 25th May 2004 on Michigan Public Radio NPR affiliate stations including 91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit; 104.1 FM West Michigan; and, 91.1 FM Flint. [mp3 audio]

NPR News

NPR Affiliate, Michigan Public Radio – A report for Michigan Public Radio conducted by Naomi Goetz to which I contributed.  This report aired on 30th September 2004 on Michigan Public Radio NPR affiliate stations including 91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit; 104.1 FM West Michigan; and, 91.1 FM Flint.  Goetz looks at return migration to Michigan and efforts by the State to attract and retain residents through such initiatives as “Cool Cities.” [mp3 audio]


The West Virginia Chemical Spill.  In 2014, at least 10,000 gallons of a coal cleaning chemical leaked into the Elk River in West Virginia. Angie Rosser, a contributor to the book I’m Afraid of that Water, recounted events leading up to the spill and the lasting impact it has had on the community. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2019 LCV Cities Tour” in Charleston, West Virginia, from October 19-23, 2019, to feature the history and literary life of the community.

Tom Kramer of NBC Affiliate TV7&4 news in Northern Michigan conducted an interview with Hoey on his work with in-migrants to the region, 2001