Scott Finn http://wvpublic.org en West Virginia Public Broadcasting Named Top Radio News Operation in the Virginias http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-public-broadcasting-named-top-radio-news-operation-virginias <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">West Virginia Public Broadcasting was named Outstanding Radio News Operation among metropolitan stations in Virginia and West Virginia at The Virginias AP Broadcast awards luncheon Saturday.</span></p><p>West Virginia Public Broadcasting also won top honors in six categories: best investigative reporting, best website, best radio news anchor, best spot news, best documentary, and outstanding effort by an individual reporter.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 12:00:40 +0000 Scott Finn 9814 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia Public Broadcasting Named Top Radio News Operation in the Virginias How Steven Grindstaff Made His Former Employer Cry http://wvpublic.org/post/how-steven-grindstaff-made-his-former-employer-cry <p>You usually don't want to be the employee who makes your supervisor break down in tears.</p><p>But when Steven Grindstaff's old boss realized he would be losing his prize employee to West Virginia Public Broadcasting, that's exactly what happened.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Steven’s current boss is our CFO, Tammy&nbsp;Treadway. She describes what happened when she called his previous employer:</span></p><p>“As I expressed my interest in having Steven work for us, I thought, ‘Wow, this man seems really upset about losing him. He sounds like he is going to cry.’</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 14:36:16 +0000 Scott Finn 9798 at http://wvpublic.org How Steven Grindstaff Made His Former Employer Cry From McDowell County to the U.S. Senate, Thanks to You http://wvpublic.org/post/mcdowell-county-us-senate-thanks-you <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Calibri; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">When you become a member of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, you hope your support makes a difference, that it has the power to change minds and even change lives.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:12:19 +0000 Scott Finn 8987 at http://wvpublic.org From McDowell County to the U.S. Senate, Thanks to You McDowell vs. Fairfax County: 350 Miles and a World Apart http://wvpublic.org/post/mcdowell-vs-fairfax-county-350-miles-and-world-apart <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We've </span><a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/mcdowell-men-have-shortest-life-expectancy-women-second-shortest-us" style="line-height: 1.5;">reported a lot </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">about declining life expectancy in some Appalachian counties, including the place with among the lowest life expectancies in America: McDowell County.</span></p><p>Now, the New York Times' Annie Lowrey has a powerful story comparing life expectancy in McDowell County to that of Fairfax County, Va. It's just 350 miles difference, but a world apart.</p> Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:09:10 +0000 Scott Finn 8690 at http://wvpublic.org McDowell vs. Fairfax County: 350 Miles and a World Apart Conquering The Snow, Telling Our Story http://wvpublic.org/post/conquering-snow-telling-our-story <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">It’s not always easy to tell West Virginia’s story. The weather can be harsh, and resources can be scarce.</span></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">So when an employee takes what could have been a miserable task and makes it fun...that’s deserving of special recognition. That’s why Larry Dowling is our Storyteller of the Month.</span></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:31:49 +0000 Scott Finn 7992 at http://wvpublic.org Conquering The Snow, Telling Our Story Rockefeller Named Champion of Public Broadcasting by National Group http://wvpublic.org/post/rockefeller-named-champion-public-broadcasting-national-group <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A good friend of West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, has just been honored by the organization that represents public television stations throughout America.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">First as Governor and later as Senator, Rockefeller and his wife Sharon have played a crucial role in growing the statewide public television and radio network that is West Virginia Public Broadcasting.</span></p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:05:25 +0000 Scott Finn 7713 at http://wvpublic.org Rockefeller Named Champion of Public Broadcasting by National Group What Does the World's Best Water Smell Like? (Hint: It's Not Black Licorice) http://wvpublic.org/post/what-does-worlds-best-water-smell-hint-its-not-black-licorice <p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">When I signed up to be a judge at the </span><a href="http://berkeleysprings.com/water/about.htm" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">, I thought it would just be a bit of fun -- a relaxing weekend in an historic West V Sun, 23 Feb 2014 15:49:37 +0000 Scott Finn 7610 at http://wvpublic.org What Does the World's Best Water Smell Like? (Hint: It's Not Black Licorice) Reporters Shine During Water Crisis http://wvpublic.org/post/reporters-shine-during-water-crisis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This month’s Storyteller Award goes to a team who’ve worked together so much their names have become joined together: Dave and Ashton.</span></p><p>Dave Mistich is our digital editor; Ashton Marra is our statehouse reporter. And with guidance from news director Beth Vorhees, and major assistance from reporters all over the state, they’ve led our comprehensive and in-depth coverage of the water crisis.</p><p>Beth says it best – I have her message here:</p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Scott Finn 6820 at http://wvpublic.org Reporters Shine During Water Crisis Video: Water Crisis Public Hearing from House of Delegates http://wvpublic.org/post/video-water-crisis-public-hearing-house-delegates <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzcSxCYKbyY</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Watch the public forum the WV House of Delegates held Monday evening about the Elk River chemical spill.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:52:49 +0000 Scott Finn 6435 at http://wvpublic.org Video: Water Crisis Public Hearing from House of Delegates VOTE: Which Two West Virginia Towns Should Get "Turned Around"? http://wvpublic.org/post/vote-which-two-west-virginia-towns-should-get-turned-around <p>It’s been a rough month in West Virginia, with the <a href="http://wvpublic.org/post/weeks-later-more-questions-answers-wva-chemical-spill">water crisis</a> and all the <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367903/white-ghetto-kevin-d-williamson">negative, stereotypical coverage</a> of Appalachia around the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the War on Poverty.</p><p>Let’s take all our anger and frustration and turn it into something positive. Let’s “<a href="http://www.wvfocus.com/turn-this-town-around/">Turn This Town Around</a>.”</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:44:18 +0000 Scott Finn 6424 at http://wvpublic.org VOTE: Which Two West Virginia Towns Should Get "Turned Around"? West Virginia Public Broadcasting Awarded $750,000 Grant http://wvpublic.org/post/west-virginia-public-broadcasting-awarded-750000-grant <p>West Virginia Public Broadcasting has been awarded a $750,000 competitive grant to replace all equipment in its main Charleston studio and record and transmit local programs in high definition.</p><p>This grant was very competitive -- we received about a quarter of all funding available this year! And it will transform what we can do from our Charleston studio in two ways:</p><p><strong>1. We will finally be able to replace our failing, 25-year-old equipment.</strong></p><p>It's so old, our engineers have to go to hobbyists on e-bay to find parts.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:37:17 +0000 Scott Finn 6325 at http://wvpublic.org West Virginia Public Broadcasting Awarded $750,000 Grant Ken Ward on NPR's Fresh Air: Overregulation Is 'Wildly Exaggerated' http://wvpublic.org/post/ken-ward-nprs-fresh-air-overregulation-wildly-exaggerated <p></p><p></p><p></p><p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);">Fresh Air recently interviewed Charleston Gazette investigative reporter Ken Ward about the Freedom Industries chemical spill. Here are the highlights:</p><p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);"><strong>On how the chemical leak was discovered</strong></p><p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);">Some people who live in that part of town called in both to the metro 911 — the county emergency operation center — and to the state Department of Environmental Protection complaints of an odor, that they smelled some sort of a strong licorice odor in the air.</p><p style="font-family: arial; background-color: rgb(238, 238, 238);"> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:16:06 +0000 Scott Finn 6291 at http://wvpublic.org Ken Ward on NPR's Fresh Air: Overregulation Is 'Wildly Exaggerated' Teachers: New Video & Lesson Plan on Water Crisis Available http://wvpublic.org/post/teachers-new-video-lesson-plan-water-crisis-available <p></p><p>On our website, West Virginia LearningMedia, you can find <a href="http://wv.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/667a192f-6830-4577-9055-e6452f37ad5f/will-west-virginia-water-emergency-spur-greater-environmental-oversight/">new resources</a> for helping students grades 7 - 12 make sense of the chemical spill and water crisis.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:40:37 +0000 Scott Finn 6224 at http://wvpublic.org Teachers: New Video & Lesson Plan on Water Crisis Available 'To Hell With You' - A West Virginian's Raw Response to Water Crisis Goes Viral http://wvpublic.org/post/hell-you-west-virginians-raw-response-water-crisis-goes-viral <p><em>I knew Eric Waggoner's <a href="http://culturalslagheap.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/elemental/">essay about the chemical spill </a>went viral when a vice president at NPR sent it to me and said I should read this.</em></p><p><em>In fact, it's been featured on CNN and Huffington Post. Waggoner is a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan who published the essay under the title <a href="http://culturalslagheap.wordpress.com/2014/01/12/elemental/">"Elemental" on his blog, Cultural Slagheap</a>.</em></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 16:32:13 +0000 Scott Finn 5771 at http://wvpublic.org 'To Hell With You' - A West Virginian's Raw Response to Water Crisis Goes Viral Current: 'Transformed' West Virginia Public Broadcasting Rises to Chemical Spill Challenge http://wvpublic.org/post/current-transformed-west-virginia-public-broadcasting-rises-chemical-spill-challenge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.current.org/2014/01/expanded-news-team-strengthens-west-virginia-public-broadcasting-response-to-toxic-spill/" style="line-height: 1.5;">new story in Current.org</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;says "a&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 16.003000259399414px;">transformed West Virginia Public Broadcasting stepped up Jan. 9 with extensive&nbsp;multiplatform&nbsp;coverage of the toxic waste spill."</span></p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 15:32:36 +0000 Scott Finn 5765 at http://wvpublic.org Current: 'Transformed' West Virginia Public Broadcasting Rises to Chemical Spill Challenge 7 Things We Know About the Chemical Spill in West Virginia http://wvpublic.org/post/7-things-we-know-about-chemical-spill-west-virginia <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For four days, more than&nbsp; 300,000 West Virginia American Water customers in West Virginia have been told not&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to ingest, cook, bathe, wash or boil water.</span></p><p>Why? A chemical spill Thursday of<a href="http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb%3A%40term+%40DOCNO+2910"> 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol </a>from Freedom Industries in Charleston.</p><p>On Friday, we asked five questions about the spill. Since then, we have found some answers, and even more questions.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 11:19:09 +0000 Scott Finn 5465 at http://wvpublic.org 7 Things We Know About the Chemical Spill in West Virginia 5 Things We Don't Know About Drinking Water Emergency in West Virginia http://wvpublic.org/post/5-things-we-dont-know-about-drinking-water-emergency-west-virginia <p>UPDATE: Monday, January 13, 2014 5:30 a.m.</p><p>As of this morning. more than 300,000 people who are customers of West Virginia American Water&nbsp;are being told <strong>NOT to ingest, cook, bathe, wash or boil water.</strong></p><p>Why? A chemical spill Thursday of<a href="http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb%3A%40term+%40DOCNO+2910"> 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol </a>from Freedom Industries in Charleston.</p><p>On Friday, we asked five questions about the spill. Since then, we have some answers, and even more questions.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:06:24 +0000 Scott Finn 5348 at http://wvpublic.org 5 Things We Don't Know About Drinking Water Emergency in West Virginia Antiques Roadshow Coming to Charleston in August http://wvpublic.org/post/antiques-roadshow-coming-charleston-august <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Antiques Roadshow</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has just announced their 2014 tour dates, and Charleston, W.Va. will be their last stop!</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The live event is scheduled for August 16 at the Charleston Civic Center.</span></p><p>This is a big deal for West Virginia Public Broadcasting and for fans who've&nbsp;been asking for <em>Antiques Roadshow</em> to come to West Virginia for years.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:53:03 +0000 Scott Finn 5138 at http://wvpublic.org Antiques Roadshow Coming to Charleston in August Your Favorite West Virginia Stories of 2013 http://wvpublic.org/post/your-favorite-west-virginia-stories-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>A study of land ownership, a documentary about a long-running music show, and positive stories about West Virginians --- these are your favorite posts from 2013 on wvpublic.org.</p><p>Here's my personal take on what you like: You like in-depth stories that explain West Virginia to you (Who Owns West Virginia). You like stories that inspire (There's a Change in the Air in this Southern West Virginia Town.) And you like stories that entertain and make you smile (West Virginia First Grader Asks Senator For a Break).</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 14:42:39 +0000 Scott Finn 5053 at http://wvpublic.org Your Favorite West Virginia Stories of 2013 Telling West Virginia's Story with Positive Energy http://wvpublic.org/post/telling-west-virginias-story-positive-energy <p>Every month, we recognize an employee or volunteer who goes out of their way to help “tell West Virginia’s story.”</p><p>This month, our Storyteller Award goes to an employee whose positive attitude and endless energy makes him a joy to work with: Jeff Sandner.</p><p>You might know Sandner as our “All Things Considered” host on West Virginia Public Radio. It’s a tough job for one person – newscasts, spots, underwriters, etc. Jeff does it with excellence and with a smile on his face every day.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:37:27 +0000 Scott Finn 5022 at http://wvpublic.org Telling West Virginia's Story with Positive Energy