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. Her work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition and NPR Music's Heavy Rotation.
In June 2015, Joni became assistant producer for NPR Music’s live performance radio program Mountain Stage with Larry Groce and host of its #MS2Go podcast. One year later, she became the program’s youngest, not to mention first female, guest host. In addition to her radio production work, Joni also acts as lead coordinator for West Virginia Public Broadcasting’s NPR Generation Listen initiative, successfully connecting young listeners to public radio through engaging events around West Virginia.
When she’s not making radio or pursuing her master’s in strategic communication from American University, she can usually be found at home with a good podcast or new #WVmusic release, a hot cup of tea, and a shaggy Polish Lowland sheepdog by her side.