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Profile: Kristi Murrin
Written by Dawne Belloise   
Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Following her own path

 

The aged dark wood of antique colonial furniture may be the first thing you notice walking into Kristi Murrin’s office, at once homey, welcoming and a pocket of Appalachian goodness. She grew up in northern West Virginia, in the former boomtown of Shinnston.
“The classic thing you see in West Virginia is a formerly booming town that stopped booming 40 years ago, so a lot of the buildings are boarded up—big tall buildings, like ten stories tall, boarded up for decades,” Kristi says of the area that is home to depleted coal mines. “It’s really poor, there’s no economy and it’s still like that today but West Virginians are very proud. We’ve always been on the bottom of the economic spectrum. We’re one of the very poorest states in the union so there’s that bonding between everybody, like a family. I go home and still feel that.”

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