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Evan Smith
Staff Writer

Evan Smith is a staff writer and radio producer from Ohio who has spent more than five years covering local and national news for a variety of publications. Before joining OL, he served as an investigative reporter for the USA Today Network with a focus on the economic and political issues facing rural Appalachia. When he's not writing daily feature stories for OL, he serves as producer on "Opportunity Vive, with Israel Ortega", a weekly rush-hour talk radio program airing in the Miami market that focuses on Hispanic issues.

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Lindsey Anderson was dreaming of California. Moving to the Golden State seemed like the solution to all her problems. For too long, she had …

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For anyone who has enjoyed the comfort of wiggling their toes while wearing a pair of hiking boots, you have Mike Brooks to thank. …

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Muskingum County in Ohio is a pastoral of rolling hills, farmland and wilderness. Small diners and taverns burrow in the overgrowth along the roads, …