Here's what creative people have to say about working with me: 

"We worked together on my first long form audio story for Reveal. I felt Cheryl listened to me as a reporter and her edits were thoughtful and informative. I still carry some of her tips and lessons with me as I write and edit my own work today." Adizah Eghan/Vice/The Daily from The New York Times/Snap Judgment

"It felt immersive, like somebody was really considering every word that I wrote and recorded, and when the script was done, it felt like there wasn't anything in the story that didn't need to be there. That's a good feeling." Jesse Hardman/ 

"As an editor, Cheryl is sensitive to identity and equity issues with the story line, characters, framing and the storyteller. Her editorial framing opens a story to new angles that are easy and uncomplicated for the reporter to execute and powerful for listeners to experience." Erika Aguilar/Executive Producer, NPR's Morning Edition, KQED and Southern California Public Radio

Erika and Me

With mentee Marianna Sousa at the conclusion of NPR's Next Generation Radio workshop, Sacramento 2017

"Editing with Cheryl was an active exercise. There was nothing routine about it. When we tracked she had me recall where I was when I was reporting and learning about the characters (in my story). It took me back to that place and helped me get into my own voice." Alexandra Hall/Central Valley bureau, KQED/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism 

With the team behind the podcast Self Evident, Oakland CA, May 2019

"Cheryl's edits enhance the work and create a commanding and cohesive narrative in written and aural form."/"She never rushes through anything and she invests great care and consideration into everything she touches. Cheryl is an asset to the art of engaging narrative." Chloe Behrens and Brian Howey/Beats and Measures podcast  

"Cheryl Devall was my editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting for an investigation into the growing threat of wildfires in America. She helped corral a sprawling set of data, findings and ideas into a cohesive, clear narrative. She's a rigorous line editor, a thoughtful shaper of stories, and extremely patient and welcoming to new voices to audio." Ike Sriskandarajah/Reveal and The Daily from The New York Times  

Eric Sagara, Ike Sriskandarajah, Emmanuel Martinez and Me, marking the end of our wildfire episode at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting

"Cheryl's feeling for narrative flow and structure, careful line edits, and passion for music pushed our production over the edge. She was key to helping shape the hundreds of hours of tape and sprawling research our producers collected into a tight, well-told, story-driven documentary."  Alex Lewis/Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul (2019) and Kanaval: Haitian Rhythms and the Music of New Orleans (2021) from WXPN and NPR Music