About Us

Morgantown Problems is a blog dedicated to highlighting the issues facing Morgantown, West Virginia. Like many small towns, Morgantown is not without its problems. Through civic involvement, healthy debate and intelligent discussion, we can work together to find solutions – together we can make our town a better place to live. Our blog will focus on these issues within the community of Morgantown, and how Morgantown residents and city officials are finding solutions to these issues.

Here are our five bloggers.

Whitney Godwin (1)

My name is Whitney Godwin, and I’m a 23-year-old masters student at the P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University. I graduated with a BSJ from WVU in December of 2011 with an emphasis in Television Journalism. I’m originally from Flatwoods, West Virginia. I currently works as the Television Journalism Graduate Assistant for the School of Journalism at WVU. I’m also one of four feature twirlers at WVU with the Pride of West Virginia, The Mountaineer Marching Band. My interests lie in nonprofit organizations, video, and online media. I’ve lived in Morgantown for nearly six years now, and I’ve been reporting on local issues in Morgantown for quite some time. For this blog, I will serve as the crime and safety blogger covering local issues and solutions facing the city of Morgantown.

headshot My name is Emily Cotter, and I’m a junior majoring in strategic communications and geography at WVU. As someone born and raised in Morgantown, I’ve seen a lot of issues in the area, whether it’s about the local school system, water sanitation or road conditions. Luckily, I’ve also seen a lot of solutions. For this blog, I will be covering these problems and solutions, concentrating specifically on the urban and regional issues of a thriving and rapidly growing college town. This will include a wide range of components such as zoning regulations, environmental degradation, urban sprawl, homelessness, sanitation problems, etc.

To find out more, follow me on Twitter @ECoWV.


My name is Bryan Bumgardner and I’m a print journalism senior in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism. I’ve been an editor at two school newspapers and several publications, but recently I’ve shifted my energy towards my blog and my job as Communication Director for the West Virginia University Student Government Association. I’m a loyal proponent of local business, and I’m passionate about the importance of locally-owned establishments and the hardships they face. I’ll be blogging about this topic for Morgantown Problems.

In my rare spare time I’m a freelance editor, copyeditor, graphic designer, and strategic communications consultant. I also also enjoys smooth R&B, cheap wine and New York City.

Follow him on Twitter @BryanBumgardner, and visit &DESIGN, his blog about the challenges of magazine innovation.

karleaMy name is Karlea Pack and I’m a 22-year-old senior at West Virginia University. I’m majoring in public relations and minoring in business administration. I’m a born-and-raised West Virginian from a small town called Elkview, which is just a few miles north of Charleston. In my spare time I like to cook, bake and do anything artsy; however, painting is my favorite out of everything. I’m a very energetic little girl that loves to bop around, act goofy and make people smile above all.


My name is Madison Blankenship, also known as Maddi. I am a senior public relations major at West Virginia University. I originally entered the School of Journalism at WVU because of my love for writing, and I realized that strategic communication was something that not only interested me, but something that I feel I can excel in. Beyond that, I am from Charleston, W.Va., and I have an identical twin sister named Samantha. I also have a pretty cool pitbull named Bernie.

My passion for writing is stronger than ever, and I hope readers can see this in my blog posts. I will be focusing on Morgantown living problems and solutions for WVU students and beyond. Enjoy!

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