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From Neil Best's Desk


Dear Friends,

Way back in January (seems so long ago!) we knew this would be a challenging year for KUNC as a news organization.  Coverage of the impeachment hearings playing out in Congress was an immediate concern, and we assumed the 2020 election would be a very large part of our focus for the year with a competitive race for the United States Senate in Colorado. 

Then everything began to change.  First, the Coronavirus pandemic brought unimaginable pain and change to our society.  Then the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery resulted in civil unrest, extended protests across the nation, including here in Colorado,  and created a focus on generations-long issues of systemic racism.  Conversations about behaviors began here and across the globe, resulting in legislative change.

Through these whiplash-inducing pivots, through the need to reorganize our entire approach to work in order to observe good public health practices, through the economic challenges the pandemic has created, I am proud to note our news team’s commitment to focus on serving the community.  Despite all the challenges, our staff has shown up for work every day (many times from the kitchen table) and connected the dots from our communities to the state, national, and world.

All of us at KUNC are encouraged and motivated by our commitment to our mission to strengthen community through these challenging times.  Along with colleagues at National Public Radio and American Public Media, we continue to provide the information needed to foster important conversations as a society.

As our recent history has proven, we don’t know what challenges lie ahead.  I do hope that you are as proud of the effort being put forth by the team at KUNC as I am.  Your support is the source of inspiration for all of us at KUNC.   We are motivated by you.  Your continuing commitment to and support as members of KUNC is inspiring.  On behalf of our entire organization, thank you.

Warm Regards,

Neil Best 
President & CEO