Brian B. King of Molers Crossroads, W.Va., has held a senior staff position at ATC since June 1987, after eight years working on the Appalachian Trailway News and as a volunteer on the board’s public-relations committee. He is responsible for the publications and sales programs and the archives and is the author of the award-winning Trail history, The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America’s Hiking Trail (Rizzoli, 2012).
A native of Washington, D.C., King was a 1968 graduate of Georgetown University with a degree in government and previously attended the University of the South and Northwestern University’s National Journalism Institute. During college, he worked for the Charleston (S.C.) Evening Post. He worked for The Associated Press from June 1968 until January 1980, in Albany, N.Y., and Washington, there covering food and agricultural policy. (While in the Army in 1969-71 in an award-winning information office at Ft. Carson, King also worked for the AP in Denver and as assistant city editor of the Colorado Springs Sun for a year.) He served as the editor for the U.S. agriculture secretary’s policy projects in 1980, was director of public affairs for the Agriculture Council of America from 1981 to 1987, and was briefly a contract writer for a Ford Foundation-funded project promoting multidisciplinary approaches to rural development.