Carrie “Mudfoot” Stambaugh
I’m a trained journalist, storyteller, and photographer.
I’m also a passionate outdoorsman, who loves to venture into the natural world by foot and boat.
My wanderlust also draws me to explore all corners of the world and to share the stories of people and places that I collect along the way.
I grew up on a small farm in the quiet community of Blue Ash, Ohio, amid a sea of gently sprawling suburbs and office parks.
I was very much the country girl in the middle of a growing city. At a young age, I began writing stories and poetry, determined to share my world with others through words.
My early short poems and stories were published under my maiden name, Carrie Kirschner well before the world knew what Google was. (I’ve lost many of them over the years. If you stumble across one, please send them to me!)
I studied journalism, political science and communication while attending Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.
During college, I was a student writer for The Athens News. After graduation I took a job in Pikeville, Ky. with the Appalachian News Express.
While working in Pikeville, I became captivated with Appalachia. I love the friendly people, its vibrant music and arts, and its breathtakingly lush landscape of undulating hills and valleys.
I eventually settled in the Ashland, Ky. area and have worked for numerous publications in the region including: The Independent, Ironton Tribune, Greater Ashland Beacon, Bridges, Huntington Quarterly, and Tri-State Living.
I also found the area to be full of stories, with a community that invites and encourages investigative reporting. My newspaper work has won numerous Kentucky Press Association Awards and been published by the Associated Press and CNHI News Service.
As a full-time freelance writer, photographer and communications consultant, I also apply my skills and talents to a range of other contracted commercial projects.
I am currently working on a revision of Falcon Guide’s Hiking Kentucky, which is due out in 2016.
As a journalist and citizen of the world, I am happy to donate my skills as a member of the Ashland Rotary Club, volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-State and as a board member of C.A.S.A. of Northeast Kentucky. I also support other non-profits through the United Way of Northeast Kentucky.