This week on Inside Appalachia, we look back at a shocking crime near the Appalachian Trail and speak to the author of a book that re-examines the case. We also sample a beloved Lenten staple made in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s a Yugoslavian fish stew that has a little bit of everything. And we talk with the poet laureate of Blair County, Pennsylvania, who invented the demi-sonnet.
For the past 12 years, The State Journal‘s Generation Next: 40 Under 40 has recognized outstanding young professionals who work and volunteer to make West Virginia a better place. As the newspaper puts it, “As West Virginia continues to stare down hard times, it will be the innovations and energy from Generation Next that carries the state to prosperity.”
Joni Deutsch was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia, and graduated from West Virginia University with a degree in public relations and advertising. After learning the radio ropes at WLUR 91.5 FM in Lexington, Virginia, Joni returned to the Mountain State and joined the West Virginia Public Broadcasting family as the creator and host of the weekly indie/alternative music program A Change of Tune.
Over the year, Joni Deutsch’s work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition & Weekend Edition, NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation, Poynter, Inside Appalachia, WERA FM’s FemChord and Clutch MOV, among others.In 2015, the Charleston Gazette-Mail named Joni one of the people “making Charleston [West Virginia] even better.” In 2016, she was named an Emerging Voice Scholar by the Alliance for Women in Media.
For more information on the Generation Next: 40 Under 40 recognition and the full list of recipients, click here.