Kyra Buckley

Host, Morning Edition / Reporter

As the Morning Edition host at KUNC I help our Colorado communities get ready to take on the day! I report the latest news, present the amazing work of our KUNC newsroom, and occasionally get to make Star Trek references on the air. You probably hear me when you’re drinking your morning coffee, heading to school or work, or taking a morning stroll.

Courage and community are the values that drive my world, and I get to live them out every day here at KUNC. I see public radio being courageous in its risk taking, when we choose to provide context that challenges common narratives, and when we dive into the complexity and mess of life. I believe this can help us feel more connected to our local, regional, and global communities.

Before KUNC I worked as a Weekend Edition host and reporter at KLCC public radio in my hometown of Eugene, Oregon. I graduated in 2015 from the University of Oregon with BAs in journalism and political science (and minored in Arabic).

When I’m not hosting Morning Edition, you can find me teaching Jazzercise, reading or watching scifi, snuggling my cat Paxton, or cheering on the Oregon women’s basketball team. Go Ducks!

Jackie Hai / KUNC

A house in Steamboat Springs is expensive. A single-family home can be anywhere from $600,000 to over $1 million — and for most low- and middle-income residents, that's just not in the budget.

Bob and Leslie Gumbrecht moved to Steamboat Springs nearly 15 years ago. But because of high home prices, they now live about 30 minutes down the road in Hayden.

Aluminum cans
Kyra Buckley / KUNC

Is recycling still worth it? It's a bold question — especially after decades of public service announcements drilling into us the environmental value of recycling.

But China, who was the biggest global processor of materials, is no longer accepting shipments of plastics from the U.S. This has forced communities to find other ways to recycle these items, and that alternative can be costly.

City of Greeley

The state representative for House District 50 has resigned — and it's now up to local Democrats to choose her replacement.

Rochelle Galindo, who was the subject of a recall effort, said she resigned because of new and unspecified allegations against her. KUNC has confirmed that no charges have been filed against her, but Greeley police are investigating a complaint.

Colorado State University political science professor Robert Duffy has been following Colorado elections for more than a decade. He spoke with KUNC's Kyra Buckley about the history and potential future of House District 50.

Boulder Municipal Building
Ken Lund / CC BY-SA 2.0

The city of Boulder is grappling with how to move forward after a March 1 police confrontation with a black college student sparked outrage. A video of police confronting Naropa University student Zayd Atkinson — who was picking up garbage in his front yard — went viral.

In response, the city was going to have former Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett investigate the incident, but scrapped that plan after Atkinson and others called for a citizen oversight board instead.

Scott Franz / Capitol Coverage

Colorado lawmakers are once again debating a bill to ban so-called conversion therapy for youth in the state. The practice seeks to change a gay or non-straight person's sexual orientation to heterosexual. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has said the practice does not work, can be harmful, and furthermore, that variations in sexual orientation and gender expression are normal.

Excercises at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sam Howzit / Flickr Creative Commons

It's a new year, which means resolutions are being made and broken everywhere. As always, the most popular ones tend to center around working out and being healthy.

But are New Year's resolutions the best way to make lasting change?

If you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to connect with other Colorado cat lovers, an event in Denver this weekend has got you covered.

The inaugural Snowcats Cat Convention opens its doors Saturday at the Expo Center.

Coloradans buying their own health insurance might see higher premiums than last year -- but officials say those who shop around could save big in 2019.

Open enrollment for the state's exchange Connect for Health Colorado goes until Jan. 15. For coverage to begin on New Year's Day, a plan must be purchased by Dec. 15.

Teal Pumpkin Project/FARE

Coloradans out trick-or-treating for Halloween are sure to see all sorts of decorated jack-o'-lanterns. But people with food allergies may be hoping some of those pumpkins are painted teal.

Ted Wood / The Story Group

Just before Christmas in 2017 an explosion at an oil and gas site was reported in Windsor. You may not remember it; no homes were damaged, and while one worker was badly burned, no one died.

But recently released recordings from dispatch that night, plus interviews with those close to the incident, show the small Northern Colorado community just barely avoided a disaster.