Away Message, if you don’t already know, is Our State’s first podcast. For its first season, senior writer Jeremy Markovich explored the most remote places in North Carolina, and for Season 2, we’re bringing you along on a scavenger hunt of sorts. We’re looking for hard to find places, but also lost artifacts, secrets, missing people, and forgotten stories. New episodes begin April 3, 2018, but we’ve included a short preview of what’s to come:

You can find all of Season 1’s episodes at, through iTunes, or wherever else you subscribe to podcasts. And if you’re new to podcasts and want to know how to listen and how they work, we’ve written a short explainer for you here.

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Markovich is a senior editor/writer at Our State, and a former special content producer for NBC Charlotte. He has won two 2011 regional Emmy Awards and regional Edward R. Murrow awards along with the 2011 Green Eyeshade award for Magazine Feature Writing, the 2010 National City and Regional Magazine Award for Personality Profile, the 2010 Clarion Award for a Magazine Feature Article, and the 2010 Green Eyeshade Award’s Best-In-Show for Non Daily Print Journalism.