Matt Bloom

Reporter, Economy and General Assignment

I cover a wide range of issues within Colorado’s dynamic economy including energy, labor, housing, beer, marijuana, elections and other general assignment stories. Follow me for updates on everything from the fight over oil and gas, the 2020 race and the giant mountain of dirt next to Interstate 25.

I love stories. As more people move to Colorado, I’m more focused than ever on making sure KUNC’s reporting makes you think, question and sometimes laugh about the changing world around us.

Before coming to KUNC, I worked at KPCC, KCRW and NPR West in Los Angeles, where I helped produce the first season of Embedded, covered wildfires and produced a daily talk show. In 2016, I graduated with a degree in journalism from Indiana University, where I started my first podcast at WIUX Student Radio.

I’m a proud member of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association and am a strong supporter of fair LGBT representation in the journalism industry.

Outside of work, I sing with the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus, Matt Bloom Trio and watch far, far too many movies.

Census recruiter
Matt Bloom / KUNC

Potential recruits were everywhere inside the bustling food court at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Daniel Barr, the area census office manager for Northern Colorado, stood in front of a table covered in neat stacks of fliers, hoping to find the people he needed to carry out the mission of the country’s largest peacetime movement organization: the 2020 census.

Matt Bloom/KUNC

Hundreds of Colorado oil, gas and mining operators have not been reporting the full extent of their business operations to regulators, depriving the state of an unknown amount of tax revenue, according to a new audit released Tuesday.

Courtesy of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office

A pile of melted metal is all that's left of Eva Bednar's toolshed. The ponderosa pine trees, shrubs and ground on her mountaintop property in Livermore are charred black from the fire that almost devoured her home.

"It's upsetting," she said, walking through the rubble. "Every time I look out the window, I go, 'I can't believe it happened.'"

Town of Windsor

When the package arrived in Holly Smith’s mailbox from the Windsor Post Office, it was falling apart. A rubber band had been wrapped around the box, barely holding it shut. The note taped on its side read “delivered to wrong address.”

Inside, someone had rummaged through the contents, taking a $50 gift card, Smith wrote in a complaint filed with the town of Windsor last year. The incident was just one of many, she said.

Courtesy of Greeley-Evans Transit

Starbucks in hand, Nicole Towne sat on the bus hoping to get to work on time. The recent Colorado State University grad had recently started an internship with the Town of Windsor. Keeping up with the shuttle’s schedule, she said, was a good motivator.

“I think ideally I’ll take it twice a week,” Towne said. “The seats are nice.”

Courtesy of Greeley-Evans Transit

Drivers tired of navigating traffic across Northern Colorado finally have a new option. A first-of-its-kind public bus route opens its doors to riders today, connecting Fort Collins, Greeley and Windsor.

Brewtography Project

When Peter Bouckaert started at New Belgium in the late 1990s, the company was a small, boutique brewery making its way in Fort Collins. He was employee No. 33. During his time there, Bouckaert crafted some of its most beloved brews, including La Folie, French for "the folly."

Now, he and hundreds of other current and former employees face a decision: to sell or not to sell one of the largest independent craft breweries in the country.

Matt Bloom/KUNC

Protesters hoping to stop New Belgium Brewing’s pending sale to a subsidiary of international beer conglomerate Kirin Holdings made their case to top executives on Saturday, just days before voting on the deal was set to finish. 

 

After demonstrators gathered outside the Fort Collins brewery, chanting and holding handwritten signs reading “KIRIN FUNDS GENOCIDE,” co-founder Kim Jordan approached the group and invited them inside to talk. KUNC did not gain entry to the meeting. 

 

Matt Bloom/KUNC

Mary Collins, a lifelong resident of Fort Collins, didn’t expect to feel so nostalgic. During happy hour at Road 34, a local bar just west of Colorado State University, she sat down at a long wooden table with a group of friends and a glass of New Belgium Citradelic in her hand.

“Figured I’d get some in before they sell out and I end up buying Odell,” Collins said.

KUNC News

Hop on Interstate 25 in Denver, drive an hour north and you'll find yourself in the middle of one of the country's fastest-growing regions: Northern Colorado. But where exactly does it start? Where does it end?

Earlier this month, we invited six residents from Fort Collins, Greeley, Evans, Loveland and Wellington to KUNC's offices to help answer that question.

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