Andrea Brunais

Award-winning journalist and author Andrea Brunais spent 30 years as an editor, reporter, and columnist for Media General, Creative Loafing, and Knight Ridder newspapers. A freelance writer and author of both fiction and nonfiction, she has won awards including Silver medalist, fiction, in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association nationwide contest, 2015.

Her freelance work has appeared in outlets such as the Christian Science Monitor,, DuPont Registry, and Appalachian Voice. Her newspaper honors include first place in Commentary from the Florida Press Club, a Robert Kennedy Journalism Award, and first place in the annual Southern Newspaper Publishers competition.

She works in higher-education communications and is the creator and executive producer of the web-episode series Save Our Towns. For more about Brunais and Hillbilly Drug Baby: The Story, please visit


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Andrea offers a glimpse of the story of Jesse-Ray Lewis and the Appalachian town that tried to help him turn his life around.


Andrea talks about Hillbilly Drug Baby on the Virginia Tech podcast.