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Revisiting Mark Combs' Struggle to Stay: Headed Home?

Charles Kleine
Mark Combs got ready for opening night of Romeo & Juliet in Morgantown, West Virginia.

On this week’s episode of Inside Appalachia, we’ll take a look back at the story of Mark Combs— a comedian, an actor and dog owner moving from West Virginia across the country to chase big dreams. What could possibly go wrong?

And we’ll get a new update on where he is now. 

A little over a year ago, we brought you the stories of six people trying to navigate their lives in and out of Appalachia. Earlier this year the series, called The Struggle to Stay, won a national award.

Mark is one of the many West Virginians who has decided they have no choice but to leave the state.

West Virginia Public Broadcasting reporter Glynis Board tracked Mark’s journey as he made his decision to leave West Virginia and struggle to make a life for himself outside Appalachia.

Music in this show was provided by Ben Townsend, Dylan Moses McGonigle and Marisa Anderson. Glynis Board produced this show. Ibby Caputo and Jesse Wright were our editors. Molly Born is our web editor. We’d love to hear from you.  You can e-mail us at insideappalachia@wvpublic.org. Find us on Twitter @InAppalachia.


Jessica can be heard on Inside Appalachia and West Virginia Morning the station’s daily radio news program. You can reach her at jlilly@wvpublic.org
Glynis Board hails from the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and is based in Wheeling at the First State Capital Building. She’s been reporting full time for West Virginia Public Broadcasting since 2012. She covers a broad range of topics but focuses on producing and hosting the West Virginia Public Broadcasting's daily news show West Virginia Morning.