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WFAE's Joni Deutsch Wins A 2018 Gracie Award


WFAE’s Joni Deutsch has been honored with a 2018 Gracie Award for “A Change of Tune’s 30 Days of #WVmusic,” a podcast she hosted and produced at West Virginia Public Broadcasting. 

Heralded by Poynter as “local programming that transcends location,” the “30 Days of #WVmusic” series highlighted 30 West Virginians in 30 days. The Gracie-winning episode featured Alasha Al-Qudwah, a violinist in Charleston, W.Va., who teaches children by day and puts a different spin on classical music at night. It won the Gracie Award for Interview Feature from a local, noncommercial radio station. 

“It’s such an honor to be recognized,” said Deutsch. “Podcasts are a wonderful way to shine a light on community voices like Alasha, and I’m happy to continue the spirit of this series with my work at WFAE.”

Deutsch currently works as on-demand content and audience engagement producer for WFAE, where she helps curate, edit and create podcasts for NPR One, app stores and other distribution channels.

“We are excited for Joni and West Virginia Public Broadcasting,” said Ju-Don Marshall, WFAE’s chief content officer. “She is a talented journalist who is always seeking innovative ways to connect listeners with the larger community. The whole project is a glimpse into the many wonderful initiatives she has planned for WFAE.”  

A full list of 2018 Gracie Award winners can be found here.