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From Neil Best's Desk: Looking Forward

KUNC Pres. Neil Best

Dear Friends,

A newsroom is always a busy place, humming with energy.  After all, the pressure of meeting daily deadlines is certainly a recipe for keeping the adrenaline flowing every day.  I’ve previously noted in this space how robust the energy is in the KUNC newsroom.  This month, I am highlighting three areas of coverage you will be hearing on KUNC and reading about on our website.

What happens under the golden dome in Denver impacts everyone in Colorado.  That’s why KUNC is committed to providing in-depth coverage of Colorado’s legislature and the public policy issues facing our state. With a new governor and single-party control of both the legislature and the governor’s office, it will be a very interesting legislative session, and we’ll continue reporting on the vital issues being debated in Denver.  Scott Franz, our Capitol Coverage reporter, is focused on keeping us informed of the decisions and the decision-making process occurring at the state capitol.

The KUNC newsroom is preparing a series of reports examining how refugees affect various cities and towns across the state. Refugee resettlement is a national issue, but the impacts are being felt here in Colorado as well. This series tells stories of how refugees in local communities are adapting to new realities.

Many of us have stopped along Trail Ridge Road to visit the beginnings of the Colorado River, but I suspect few of us have been to the delta of the Colorado River, south of the border between California and Mexico.  As part of our on-going coverage of the Colorado River, KUNC reporter Luke Runyon visited the delta region and will report on the impact along the watershed.

Whether it is public policy coverage, special series reporting, investigative reporting, or on-going reporting of other critical issues facing us as citizens, I am mindful of the importance of your membership support. The public media model of funding, dependent upon a broad cross-section of citizen support, is sustainable and will be vital in a rapidly shifting media landscape.

Warm Regards,

Neil
President & CEO