Ibby Caputo

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Ibby Caputo is an award-winning journalist and a story editor for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. She has worked as a story editor for The World; and for several podcasts including Overheard at National Geographic; The Breakthrough from ProPublica; Seeking Peace from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security; South of Fletcher: Stories from the Bowtie from Clockshop, Us and Them, and Can We Talk from the Jewish Women’s Archive.

Ibby was a 2014 MIT-Knight Science Journalism Fellow. In 2018, she was awarded a fellowship through the Japan Center for International Exchange to report in Japan for The World. Her audio documentary on gender discrimination in the workplace, “More Than Paper Cuts,” which aired on the podcast Scene on Radio, won a 2019 Clarion Award. She received the 2019 Reporting Award from New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute to investigate racial and ethnic disparities in bone marrow donor registries.

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