Brian B. King
After eight years of helping with the Appalachian Trailway News and three on the board’s public-relations committee, King joined the staff in June 1987 as director of public affairs, responsible for public-information, media-relations, publications, membership, and direct-mail programs and the archives. Following a number of reorganizations that spun other programs off into separate departments, he assumed this title in December 2006, with responsibility for sales activities, the books and maps published for them, and the archives.A native of Washington, D.C., King was a 1968 graduate of Georgetown University with an A.B. degree in government and previously attended the University of the South and Northwestern University’s National Journalism Institute. During college, he worked for the Charleston (S.C.) Evening Post. King worked for The Associated Press from June 1968 until January 1980, in Albany, N.Y., and Washington, there covering food and agricultural policy from the Capitol. (While in the Army in an award-winning information office, he also worked for the AP in Denver, Colo., and as assistant city editor of the Colorado Springs Sun.) He served as the editor for the agriculture secretary’s policy projects for the last year of the Carter administration, worked as director of public affairs for the Agriculture Council of America from 1981 to 1987, and then was a contract writer for a Ford Foundation-funded Michigan State project promoting multidisciplinary approaches to rural development.