Michael de Yoanna

Director of News Content

Since 2016, I have led KUNC's newsroom of 15 talented journalists. I was a fan of the station before joining. KUNC is where my first-ever radio story ran. So being here is a homecoming in many ways. Before my radio days, I darted up and down Colorado's Front Range -- and out of state when I could -- as a scrappy, resourceful newspaper reporter. I freelanced for several years after that, working for a long list of news organizations (and editors!), including my own, now-defunct failed new blog that ran rejected New Yorker cartoons to Salon.com and 5280 magazine. I made a move into broadcast with CBS's "48 Hours Mystery" and "60 Minutes" and then directed my own documentary film, "Recovering," about war veterans healing their wounds through bicycling. After serving at an investigative unit in Denver's commercial TV market, I found a home reporting for public radio, where I picked up on a theme in my stories over the years -- the mistreatment of combat troops with mental wounds by the military they serve. I shared a national Edward R. Murrow award for that work in 2011 with KUNC and, in 2017, a national Columbia-duPont award, the broadcast equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize, which I share with NPR. I believe that great journalism is essential to our democracy, but it should also be fun and interesting. Excellent journalism takes a team and KUNC is, in my humble opinion, the best news team in Colorado. I'm proud to be part of it.

Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

On their first wedding anniversary, Mike Klingner asked his wife, Jane Adams, a favor. He was getting ready to leave for the Vietnam War as a pilot.

“Mike said the night before he left, ‘If I’m killed in action, I want to be buried in Arlington,’” Adams said.

Michael de Yoanna / KUNC

[Updated 11/2/17,  8:45 a.m.] Two men and a woman are dead following a shooting at a Walmart in Thornton Wednesday night. Colorado authorities have arrested 47-year-old Scott Ostrem as the suspect.

Tech. Sgt. Andy Dunaway / Courtesy U.S. Department of Defense

During the 16 years that the United States has been at war, the nations' leaders have promised repeatedly that the military will give suffering troops the help they need. Yet a new report by congressional investigators found that tens of thousands of troops with mental health problems and brain injuries were kicked out for misconduct between 2011 and 2015.

The largest oil and gas producer in Colorado has temporarily shut down 3,000 wells as an investigation into the explosion of a house where two people died continues.

U.S. Congress Official Photography

“Follow the money.”

That’s a line from All The President’s Men, the film about the 1970s Watergate scandal -- and the investigative reporting that brought down the Nixon presidency. In the aftermath, Congress created the Federal Election Commission to enforce laws governing the funding of elections. The commission has always been made up of six members – three Republicans, three Democrats.

CSPAN

Two Colorado lawmakers are working on ways to help veterans who have been pushed out of the military with what’s called “bad paper” -- slang for the discharge paperwork that can hurt veterans in civilian life. It can hinder their chances for a good job and pose a potential barrier to care from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Scheffel Campaign/McClellan Campaign

Democrats have a chance to gain control of Colorado’s Board of Education, which oversees public schools. As of late Monday, Democrat Rebecca McClellan holds a 1,125-vote lead over incumbent Republican Debora Scheffel in the race for the 6th Congressional District seat.

 

The district is split roughly equally between independent, Democratic and Republican voters. McClellan, a former Centennial City Council member and small business owner, expected a tight race.

 

Yes on T: Colorado

A measure to eliminate the vestiges of slavery from Colorado’s Constitution was expected to pass easily during Tuesday’s election. All 100 members of the state legislature supported the idea. Religious leaders across the spectrum endorsed it. Labor unions, human rights advocates and community groups all rallied, saying it was time to take a provision that allows for slavery out of the constitution.

While Colorado favored Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump became president in the election. The bitter division over the future of the country didn’t stop Colorado voters from returning establishment candidates to Washington.

Democrat Michael Bennet held onto his U.S. Senate seat, giving an impassioned acceptance speech that promised to end the familiar acrimony of today’s politics.

Center for Public Integrity

If you live in Colorado and feel burned out by the onslaught of (mostly) negative political TV ads, you have a right to complain. Ads from the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump presidential campaigns, issue committees and other political groups were more prevalent in Colorado than many other states.

 

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