Dana Coester

Dana Coester is director/producer for RAISED BY WOLVES. She is also the editor in chief for the National Murrow Award-winning digital media outlet 100 DAYS IN APPALACHIA, founded in 2016 and based in West Virginia. Coester grew up in the Ozarks in southern Missouri and earned her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Coester’s work has long focused on the intersection of technology, media and community and exploring rural identity, with experiments in storytelling from digital installations to mixed reality works, including an award-winning short film composed from a found box of archival footage. Coester co-produced and art directed award-winning VR, 360° and digital media work, including the works WAR POEMS, FRACTURED TOUR, BRIDGING SELMA, and SOLDIERS OF THE COALFIELDS. She is a professor and creative director for the West Virginia University Media Innovation Center, and she leads a team of researchers and journalists investigating the intersection of adult organized white supremacists across the globe, and networks of mis/disinformation in rural communities.