Met Her On The Mountain

Met Her On the Mountain

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Religion Beat Veteran Mark Pinsky Wins Independent Publisher Awards Gold Medal for True Crime Book
05/07/2014 – Mark Pinsky, a religion beat veteran known for his reporting for the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel, has been awarded a Gold Medal in the True Crime category of the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards for his book Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan. (read more)

Publishers Weekly—Murder Will Out: PW talks with Mark I. Pinsky
09/20/2013 – Journalist Pinsky travels deep into the mountains of western North Carolina to investigate a 40-year-old murder mystery in Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold- Case Murder of Nancy Morgan. (read more)

*Publishers Weekly – Pick of the Week
06/24/2013 – This compulsively page-turning true crime narrative has it all: smart prose, a now-obscure unsolved murder that was notorious at the time, and an investigative journalist trying to pick up the trail. In 1970, the nude and hog-tied body of Nancy Morgan was found in a car in a Madison County, N.C., forest after she’d gone missing. (read more)

USA Today
01/08/2014 – The 50th anniversary Wednesday of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty reminds us how intractable that effort can be, despite the hope and determined idealism when the legislation was signed..(read more)

Atlanta Journal Constitution Online
12/05/2013 – In 1970, a student reporter at Duke University clipped a news story from the paper about Nancy Dean Morgan, a 24-year-old anti-poverty volunteer murdered in Madison County, in western North Carolina. Thus began Mark Pinsky’s “dark quest” to find her killer (or killers), a dogged hunt spanning five decades that drew him deep into the crazy-quilt world of “Mad County.” (read more)

Orlando LifeHeating up a Cold Case with Riveting Results
09/26/2013 – Mark Pinsky, former longtime religion reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, has a new book coming out this month, Met Her on the Mountain. It centers on the unsolved 1970 murder of a young federal VISTA worker in western North Carolina. (read more)

Read the Spirit
Mark Pinsky isn’t laughing. And, this is a writer who is famous for his humor. He ranks as one of the nation’s most creative journalists in covering religion—and is the author of two fun books for the whole family: The Gospel According to Disney and The Gospel according to The Simpsons. (read more)

News and Observer
01/10/2014 – Nancy Morgan, a 24-year-old VISTA worker and recent graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, was killed in the North Carolina mountains in June 1970.(read more)

Huffington Post
11/21/2013 – When I switched from the crime beat to covering religion — during the height of the televangelism scandals in the 1980s – I joked to my newspaper colleagues that the only difference was that I would be encountering “a better class of felon,” or at least less violent ones. But newsroom snark notwithstanding, it was a big shift.(read more)

The Reading Life Blog
11/01/2013 – Veteran journalist Mark Pinsky writes an intriguing story of unsolved murder in “Met Her on the Mountain” (John F. Blair; $24.95). The book recounts a 40-year quest to find out who killed a young antipoverty worker in Madison County. In 1970, a VISTA worker named Nancy Dean Morgan was found dead deep in the Appalachian mountains. (read more)

Peggy Payne’s Boldness Blog
Most writers have a little unease when approaching the blank screen for the first time each day.  That’s very often the case even when the job is no more than making up a story and/or assembling sentences. For Mark Pinsky, working on his new book involved much scarier situations.  And yet he persisted in his risky research for 40 years. (read more)

The Huffington Post—Book Tour Stop: Scene of the Crime
10/30/2013 – Book tours are rarely the stuff of high drama, but when one stop includes the scene of an infamous crime you claim to have solved, the tension and the room temperature tend to rise. (read more)

Thalia Press Co-Op Blog—The Power of Persistence
10/29/2013 – The subtitle says it all: “A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan.” When Mark Pinsky first heard of the death of a young VISTA volunteer in the mountains of western North Carolina, he was just out of college, aiming at a journalism career with a decided political bent. She seemed like a lot of people he knew who had ideas about how to make a better world, and when time passed and her murder remained unsolved, it bothered him. (read more)

Citizen Times—Rob Neufeld on a murder mystery in Madison County
10/13/2013 – “We’ll never really rest in Madison County about Nancy’s death. People really liked her,” Ellen Banks, a Madison County native, told investigative journalist Mark Pinsky as he researched the 1970 cold-case murder of Nancy Morgan, a VISTA worker. (read more)

The Mountaineer—Author wraps up 40-year murder investigation
10/09/2013 – Sometimes a journalist just can’t let it go. An unfinished story can linger in the back of the mind nagging to be told. Nancy Morgan’s unfinished story and unsolved murder in western North Carolina has haunted author and investigative journalist Mark Pinsky for more than 40 years. (read more)

The abridgment of Madison County, N.C – by Mark Pinsky
For four decades, the Ponder clan ruled the region as a virtual fiefdom. But a recent voter revolution has the ‘dictatorship’ in steady decline. (read more)

My Phantom Valentine: Across the Years With Another Woman – by Mark Pinsky
For more than 40 years, a decade longer than I’ve been married to my wife, another woman has had a hold on me, and shaped my life: A young community organizer named Nancy Dean Morgan, murdered in the mountains of North Carolina. (read more)

Appalachian Suite – by Mark Pinsky
Sunnybank Inn and Retreat Center, overlooking the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains, is a house of song in a land of music. A state historical marker in front of the rustic, two-story Victorian explains that the inn, built in 1875, was once the home of musician Jane Gentry, who was host to and guided a British folklorist named Cecil Sharp. In 1916, Sharp climbed the nearby hills and hollows on horse, mule and foot as he collected the ballads that had crossed the Atlantic from the British Isles and evolved in the mountain isolation. ( read more)

Elmer Hall’s milestones: A journey into 4 decades of food, nature, spirituality – by Mark Pinsky
One by one, speakers were called to the porch of Sunnybank Inn, a creaky old building overlooking the Appalachian Trail and the French Broad River in Hot Springs, well known to weekend vacationers and AT through-hikers. After an organic feast in April, we stepped up to talk about Elmer Hall, celebrating his 70th birthday and the 30th anniversary of the inn’s restoration. (read more)

Carolina Mountain Life
Winter Issue 2013/2014 – In 1970, Nancy Morgan was raped and murdered in Madison County, NC. Morgan, who was 24, was a member of a federal anti-poverty team working in the rugged and sparsely populated mountain country. (read more)

Broadcasts

Publishers Weekly Radio Show – with Rose Fox and Mark Rotella
08/30/2013 – We talk with Mark I. Pinsky about his forthcoming book, Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan; PW reviews editor Annie Coreno chats with us about LibraryReads, a new website that lists the top ten new books recommended by librarians across the country. (listen to podcast)

WFME News Broadcast
11/05/2013 – Mark Pinsky is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and the Orlando Sentinel. His new book, Met Her on the Mountain, chronicles twenty years of investigative reporting in a quest to solve the murder of Federal Anti Poverty worker Nancy Dean Morgan in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. 90.7’s Matthew Peddie talks to him about her story and how he went about writing his first true-crime book. (listen)

The Pete Kaliner Show—WWNC 570 AM Radio, Part 1
10/16/2013 – Author Mark Pinsky talks about his new book “Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan.” (listen)

The Pete Kaliner Show—WWNC 570 AM Radio, Part 2
10/16/2013 – More with Mark Pinsky  (listen)

Unfinished Business
After years covering crime, investigative journalist Mark Pinsky had had enough of murder. He made the transition to religion reporting and became a well-respected columnist and author by writing about spirituality in contemporary society and popular culture. (read more and listen)

Interviews

Read the Spirit
Mark Pinsky isn’t laughing. And, this is a writer who is famous for his humor. He ranks as one of the nation’s most creative journalists in covering religion—and is the author of two fun books for the whole family: The Gospel According to Disney and The Gospel according to The Simpsons. (read the article and interview below)

Publishers Weekly—Murder Will Out: PW talks with Mark I. Pinsky
09/20/2013 – Journalist Pinsky travels deep into the mountains of western North Carolina to investigate a 40-year-old murder mystery in Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold- Case Murder of Nancy Morgan. (read more)