Abby Bishop

Development Associate

Abby Bishop joined Blue Ridge Public Radio as Development Assistant in October 2018 and became Development Associate in October 2019. Starting out as an enthusiastic listener, supporter, and volunteer with BPR, she is now thrilled to be a part of the dynamic and talented staff.

Abby received her degree in Applied Anthropology with a concentration in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University in 2013. While attending ASU, Abby worked with Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture, a local non-profit dedicated to strengthening the High Country’s local food system, and as a student researcher in the North Slope Borough of Alaska. After graduating she moved to Raleigh, NC to take a position with the North Carolina Conservation Network where she spent 3 years working in environmental advocacy. During her time in Raleigh she also performed with the Raleigh Community Orchestra.

Proud to return home to WNC, Abby enjoys exploring this region with her friends and family. You are likely to find Abby playing with goats, hiking or biking in DuPont State Forest, practicing the violin, and of course listening to all of Blue Ridge Public Radio’s wonderful programming.

Don Pedi holds a dulcimer and is seen outside, wearing a plaid shirt and brown hat.
Courtesy Don Pedi.

Musician and educator Don Pedi has hosted music programs on BPR since 1985, starting as a fill-in host and eventually developing “Close to Home” which brings listeners traditional, old-time and classic folk, often curated around themes, every Saturday from 8:00 to 10:00 PM.  

Brevard Elementary students seen on the screen of a zoom class.
Jeanne DeJong

A Western North Carolina class recently had their original poetry featured on NPR. Jeanne DeJong is a fifth grade teacher for the Online Learning Path at Brevard Elementary School in Transylvania County. She asked her students to write their own "I Dream A World’” poem to submit to Morning Edition and some of her students’ lines made it into the final version that aired Thursday, January 28.