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Rae Solomon

Reporter/Producer

As newscast reporter I keep Northern Coloradans up to date on all the things they need to know NOW. Whatever’s floating through the zeitgeist at the moment, I’m on it.

Working in public radio is a huge passion that dates back to my youth in the suburbs of NYC, where I was surrounded by a wealth of great public and free-form radio stations. I love the immediacy of radio and I pride myself on quickly gathering information and finding ways to frame stories for maximum impact and engagement.

Before coming to the radio light, I was a licensed architect, practicing in Los Angeles, New York and Colorado. I launched my radio career as an avid volunteer KGNU, community radio for Denver/Boulder.

When I’m not at work, you can find me hiking, camping and making bagels with my son and daughter. I also make an award-winning podcast called Range and Slope, which features creative audio documentary from around Colorado.

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The recent protests against police brutality and systemic racism across the country have led to a lot of soul-searching — including here in Colorado — about common blind spots when it comes to the ways white supremacy is embedded in the culture. This includes reconsidering memorials and place names honoring controversial legacies.

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Protesters plan to take to the streets across the Front Range again this weekend, with calls on social media for mass gatherings in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Greeley, amid continued demands for reform to Colorado’s justice system ignited by the death of George Floyd.

The planned demonstrations follow a week of mostly peaceful activism in the region, which saw declines in incidents of vandalism, looting and arrests. Some elected officials also outlined promises to work with protesters to make lasting change.

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Protests remained peaceful in Denver until about midnight, when the arrival of armored police at the state’s Capitol stoked tensions among the small group of protesters still present despite the city’s 9 p.m. curfew. Clashes broke out as a few individuals lobbed glass and fireworks at encroaching police vehicles, which, in return, sent tear gas flying at the crowd.

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Counties and cities around Colorado have started requiring residents to wear face coverings. In Denver, masks became necessary on Wednesday. Boulder’s rule takes effect Saturday. Larimer County has required masks since Monday.

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Results from a new survey show how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting life for Coloradans. Questions ranged from mental health, support for stay at home measures, and how confident people are in local, state and federal leadership during the crisis.

KUNC’s Rae Solomon joined Colorado Edition to sort through those survey results.

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On Monday, an emergency shelter opened at the Denver Coliseum for women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness. This comes soon after the city opened a new facility for men at the National Western Complex on April 9. The facilities are meant to consolidate a host of services and staffing manpower under one roof, while simultaneously providing more space for social distancing among the guests who stay there.

KUNC’s Rae Solomon took a tour of both shelters. She joined Colorado Edition to report on what she observed.

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Some individuals experiencing homelessness in Denver will finally have a home base where they can shelter in place while waiting out the coronavirus pandemic.

The City of Denver partnered with a number of service providers to secure motel and hotel rooms for people at high risk for bad outcomes from coronavirus. This includes people 65 years and older, as well as those with underlying health issues like chronic respiratory illnesses and immunocompromised individuals.

Nate Werner

This report was part of Colorado Edition's episode on April 9, 2020. Listen to the full episode here.

Advocates for those experiencing homelessness, as well as people within the homeless community, say not enough is being done to protect this vulnerable population during the coronavirus pandemic. Colorado cities have been trying to rally services for their homeless populations, but in some ways Colorado's capital is behind other Front Range cities in their response.

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A new month is upon us and that means it's time to pay the bills. But with so many Americans out of work due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus, some housing, utility and financial service providers — both local and national — are adjusting their payment options.

Courtesy Nate Werner

Gov. Jared Polis issued a statewide stay-at-home order effective Thursday for Colorado to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Before that, several Colorado cities and counties — Denver and Boulder among them — had already issued their own stay-at-home orders.

But staying at home is not so simple for people who don't have a home to stay in. That's just one of the special challenges facing individuals experiencing homelessness during this pandemic.

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