Deanna Garcia worked for more than 16 years in public radio. Leaving behind the news business, she joined The Pittsburgh Foundation in 2017 as a communications officer. She is excited to help tell the stories of the Foundation’s work and how it impacts the region. She also will help coordinate events and explore and expand storytelling capabilities in digital, video and audio.
In college, Deanna was a student news reporter for the National Public Radio affiliate in Las Cruces, NM. After graduating from New Mexico State University with a B.A. in journalism and mass communications, she went to Washington, D.C. where she was an intern for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. From there, Deanna spent time reporting and hosting at NPR stations in Rochester, NY and Greeley, CO before finding her way to Pittsburgh’s NPR news station. In her six years at 90.5 WESA, Deanna’s roles included general assignment reporter, assistant news director, interim news director and senior reporter. She has won numerous awards, including several first-place Golden Quills from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania. She also served on the board of directors of Public Radio News Directors Inc.
In her spare time, Deanna enjoys binging on old television shows with her wife, Maria, and 90-pound lap dog, Stella MooCartney, as well as reading and learning to play guitar and keyboards.