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Abigail Beckman

Abigail grew up in Palmer Lake, Co. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Spanish as well as a Master's degree in communications. Previously, she worked for the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kan. and for 89.1 KMUW in Wichita Kan.

Abigail's work has been featured on NPR's "Only A Game," "Weekend Edition Sunday," "Morning Edition," and "All Things Considered." In 2015, she wrote and produced the radio documentary "The Pieces that Remain: Remembering the Wichita State University Plane Crash" and was honored with a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Abigail also earned a national Edward R. Murrow award for a feature titled "Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between the WPD and the Homeless." 

In addition to her love for public radio, Abigail enjoys hiking, spending time with her husband and two fur-babies, doing yoga and watching reruns of Family Feud.

Wildfire is a continual threat in the West, but researchers say an invasive species of grass that’s taking hold in states like Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada could make things worse.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has released body camera footage and other information related to the officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death 19-year-old De'Von Bailey. The shooting sparked community rallies, a call for patience from Mayor John Suthers and a press conference with the family.

The family of De'Von Bailey is calling for an independent investigation into his death. The 19-year-old was a suspect in a robbery when he was shot and killed by the Colorado Springs Police Department on August 3.

President Donald Trump gave the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs Thursday. It’s tradition for the commander in chief to address graduates at one of the military service academies each year during the president’s term in office. Thursday marked Trump’s first time speaking at the Academy.

The National Park Service is donating more funds to preserve, restore and increase education about Japanese American internment camps scattered across the U.S.  Most of them are in the West. 

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo says two additional animals were killed in a hail storm early this week that caused significant damage and injured animals and people. In a press release, Jenny Koch, the zoo’s marketing director, said a meerkat pup that was missing underground has not been recovered, and they assume it has passed away.

“One of our peacocks also passed due to hail injuries,” Koch said.