Michael de Yoanna
Since 2016, I have led KUNC's newsroom of 15 talented journalists. I was a fan of the station before joining. KUNC is where my first-ever radio story ran. So being here is a homecoming in many ways. Before my radio days, I darted up and down Colorado's Front Range -- and out of state when I could -- as a scrappy, resourceful newspaper reporter. I freelanced for several years after that, working for a long list of news organizations (and editors!), including my own, now-defunct failed new blog that ran rejected New Yorker cartoons to Salon.com and 5280 magazine. I made a move into broadcast with CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" and "60 Minutes" and then directed my own documentary film, "Recovering," about war veterans healing their wounds through bicycling. After serving at an investigative unit in Denver's commercial TV market, I found a home reporting for public radio, where I picked up on a theme in my stories over the years -- the mistreatment of combat troops with mental wounds by the military they serve. I shared a national Edward R. Murrow award for that work in 2011 with KUNC and, in 2017, a national Columbia-duPont award, the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize, which I share with NPR. I believe that great journalism is essential to our democracy, but it should also be fun and interesting. Excellent journalism takes a team and KUNC is, in my humble opinion, the best news team in Colorado. I'm proud to be part of it.