Storyteller Award
3:37 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Telling West Virginia's Story with Positive Energy

Jeff Sandner, right, and Classical Host Jim Lange having some fun in the studio.

Every month, we recognize an employee or volunteer who goes out of their way to help “tell West Virginia’s story.”

This month, our Storyteller Award goes to an employee whose positive attitude and endless energy makes him a joy to work with: Jeff Sandner.

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.

Recently, a last-minute programming issue came up, and no one was available to fill in for Morning Edition the next day.

Sandner insisted on doing the show himself, even though he had worked the night before, and it meant getting to the station in the wee, wee hours of the morning.

His boss, Radio Director Kristi George, wrote this about him:

Jeff Sandner, West Virginia Public Broadcasting Storyteller Award winner for January 2014.

“Jeff works tirelessly, sometimes longer than he should, attending to the details of his work. He not only does an excellent job on the air, he is also behind the scenes crafting promos, lining up programs, and assisting the Operations Director with whatever needs to be done.

“If that weren't enough, he stands at the ready to pinch hit for others when they are out, planned or last-minute.

“Jeff is always ready to lend a helping hand, whether asked to do so, or of his own initiative. He does so with a positive attitude & endless energy. He is the consummate team player.

“Frankly, it is a 'blessing' to have Jeff on our team. I can't imagine doing what we do without him. For Jeff, we are truly grateful!”

Sandner will receive a $50 gift certificate from the retailer of his choice. To nominate someone for the next Storyteller Award, e-mail Belinda McCallister – bmccallister@wvpublic.org. Please be specific in your nomination.

Congratulations, Jeff!