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From Neil Best's Desk

Neil Best
Neil Best

Dear Friends,

Many of you have reached out to ask how everyone at KUNC is doing during the pandemic. The answer is, much like so many of us, doing as well as can be expected.

The uncertainty of dealing with so much unknown certainly makes this a challenging time. As we approach the end of our fiscal year (September 30th) we are cautiously optimistic moving forward. The loss of underwriting revenue from concerts and events since March has been significant. Our commitment to maintaining a “rainy day” fund has proven invaluable. We currently are in the process of developing a new budget for the 2021 fiscal year that will certainly need to reflect the continuing uncertainty during this pandemic.

While there has been ambiguity, I am so proud that our staff has not been overly distracted from their commitment and focus on reporting. We’ve created new work patterns that allow us to work safely while continuing our reporting and accepted the challenge of deciding what are the most important stories to report and figuring out how to best cover those stories. As with you, the list goes on.

Even though the times are challenging all of us at KUNC have much to be thankful for this summer. Through your continuing generous support, we have been able to maintain full staffing. And our reporters are continuing to report on stories that are impactful in our daily lives.

There are too many to list here, but I am passing along the links to four stories from the last few weeks that have stayed with me:

Arts reporting continues to be an important part of our approach to reporting. Stacy Nick took us back a few decades to explore the arts community prior to the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The impact of the pandemic has been felt in so many ways. Leigh Patterson offered a look at how summer jobs programs to keep teens out of trouble pivoted this summer.

Luke Runyon told us of an unforgettable tool that has been developed in the fight against Coronavirus.

And Adam Rayes traveled to my hometown to learn how residents in Fort Morgan celebrated a religious holiday.

Thank you for your critical role in making these stories and all the reporting you hear on KUNC possible. For many years you have heard me say, “We can’t do it without members.” Always true, but never truer than right now.

Warm Regards,