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Cheryl Devall

Wordslinger, storyteller, editor, mentor - I'm the one in the WWOZ "Listen to Your City" shirt
Member since 2013


  • El Cerrito, CA

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My strengths involve sharpening the conception and developing the arc of audio stories and series, ensuring clear, compelling and memorable scripts, brainstorming through structural and practical challenges. Also, I draw upon my experience and the priceless tutelage of veteran broadcasters to direct and coach vocal delivery.
  • Editing
  • Recording
  • Reporting
  • Scripting
  • Writing

About Cheryl

As much as I am African American and feminist, I am at my core a storyteller steeped in and hungry to foster the best practices of my other dominant culture, journalism. Various projects I've edited have been nominated for a Peabody Award and a Pulitzer Prize, and I've shared in three duPont-Columbia Awards. Because I've rounded the block a few times - beginning as a high school newspaper nerd - I'm pleased to help sister/fellow AIRsters create their best work. Over the years I've participated in several Next Generation Radio projects. Previously, I worked at the Center for Investigative Reporting as a radio editor with the weekly broadcast/podcast "Reveal." Not long ago I passed a great time as city editor of the Gannett-owned Opelousas (LA) Daily World, a small and lively newspaper with a loyal traditional constituency and a rapidly growing digital/social media footprint. Before my move to Southwest Louisiana, I was a news editor at Southern California Public Radio/KPCC. Among 121 AM and FM radio stations in the Los Angeles market – in which the top-rated local television news and many leading radio stations program primarily in Spanish – Southern California Public Radio consistently ranked in the top 25 during my seven years as Senior News Editor. Because I demonstrated concern for the dignity of everyone involved in the newsgathering process, a senior colleague regarded me as “the conscience of the newsroom” amid major changes in our workplace. The station now commands the largest public media audience in metro L.A., and is one of the country's most-listened-to public stations. Delivered award-winning coverage of the Los Angeles riots for National Public Radio in 1992 and reported on the economic consequences of the unrest 10 years later in a week-long series for American Public Media’s Marketplace. Joined several editors who worked with WUNC staff and freelance reporters on a series about the present-day realities of poverty in North Carolina 40 years after the federal War on Poverty. This public radio series won national and regional honors, including a DuPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Covered major stories including the re-election of Chicago’s first African American mayor and the political power scramble that followed his death, the rise of the Midwestern casino industry, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the repercussions of the civil rights movement. My heart beats to Zydeco and waltz rhythms, movie popcorn and Tabasco are my sacraments and my favorite religious symbol is the question mark.



  • Interviewing
  • Mentoring
  • Reporting
  • Show Development
  • Story Editing
  • Voice Coaching


  • A Marantz 660 recorder and a trusty Electro Voice RE50 microphone