Cheryl Ruth Devall
An adaptable media creator, committed to excellence at the national to the small-city level for diverse audio, text and digital audiences.
As a first-time general manager I have concentrated on elevating the profile of NPR affiliate KRVS Public Media, serving Southwest Louisiana since 1963, by emphasizing the rich and singular music and culture of its home region and by enhancing its commitment to public service programming and intentional outreach to new and existing audiences.
As an independent contractor, I have fostered noteworthy audio journalism projects. Scene On Radio Season 5: The Repair examined the Western ideas and beliefs that helped to create global climate crises; in June 2022, Covering Climate Now honored its episode on upheaval and conflict in Nigeria. A three-hour radio documentary illuminated the historical and cultural connections between Haiti and New Orleans. An evocative series on the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre won 2022 duPont-Columbia and NAACP Image Awards. The Online News Association, the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards and the National Association of Black Journalists honored Un(re)solved, a multiplatform examination of civil rights-era cold cases. A series of long-form features I edited on spiritually engaged individuals around the world took top honors for the audio categories in the 2022 and 2021 Religion News Association awards. The podcast series Viewers Like Us, about public television's spotty track record representing the full spectrum of American lives and stories, inspired the graduating class at UC Berkeley's journalism school to invite host Grace Lee as its 2022 commencement speaker.
In its first year of weekly distribution, I helped Reveal from the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting grow its audience to more than 200,000 digital downloads an episode and weekly broadcast on more than 400 public radio stations. Edited episodes on hate speech, law enforcement inattention to right-wing domestic terrorism and the practical implications of immigration policy. “Making the Team," from an episode about Title IX, won a national Murrow Award. The Online News Association and the Best of the West organization honored Reveal’s multi-platform examination of the proposed wall across the U.S. southern border. An investigation into forced labor masquerading as alcohol and drug rehab was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
As editor of the Gannett-owned Daily World in 2014-15, helped restore public trust and employee morale, encouraged staff and customers’ shift from traditional analog toward digital and social media presentation, contributed lively, perceptive journalism and raised the standard for newspaper storytelling in Southwest Louisiana.
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