Robert Leja | KUNC

Robert Leja

Director of Community Engagement & Corporate Support

As Director of Community Engagement for KUNC & The Colorado Sound, I look for ways to bring the programs and personalities you hear on the radio “out of the box” to engage and interact in live settings.

I’m also responsible for community partnerships and sponsorships for events and organizations across our listening area, as well as managing the corporate support team that works with the local businesses and institutions that support us through their underwriting.

I was a listener (and member) of KUNC long before I started working here. While working in commercial radio, my kids were frequently confused about where I worked, because I always had KUNC on when they were in my car.

I discovered public radio and NPR when I was a journalism student at Boston University and interning at WBUR. After graduating, I worked in record stores and was a freelance music writer before moving to Colorado in 1990.  I worked in a variety of radio and print sales position before joining CRNC in 2005, and with the launch of The Colorado Sound, I now get to work for an organization that feeds both my news and musical curiosity.

I’ve served on the boards of Be Local Northern Colorado, Pioneer School for Expeditionary Learning, and the Tri-Media Film Festival.

My wife Heather and I live in the foothills above Boulder. When not working, you can usually find us at a concert or music festival, cycling around Colorado, or playing frisbee with our blue heeler Neko.


The Society of Professional Journalists has recognized KUNC with a national Sigma Delta Chi award for excellence in journalism. The award is in the Radio Investigative Reporting (Market 101+) category for their entry, "Allegations of Sexual Harassment Surface at Colorado Capitol."

KUNC today announces their selection to participate in Guns & America, a two-year, national reporting collaborative of 10 public media stations, funded by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund.

KUNC today joins five other public radio stations to launch a consortium that covers the news, issues, themes and culture of the Rocky Mountain region. The Collaboration in the Mountain West is a partnership that spans Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah and Montana. The stations have received a grant of $475,000 from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting to launch the long-term news initiative to better serve people in the region. 

Recently I have had conversations with a few of you who ask about the challenge KUNC faces replacing icons like A Prairie Home Companion and Car Talk in the schedule.  Certainly as that young songwriter Bob Dylan says, “The Times, They are A-Changing.”

To sum up those conversations, I am very excited about the future of public radio in general and both KUNC and The Colorado Sound specifically.

As KUNC’s award-winning news team evolves, we continue to seek out stories that matter to our listeners. To best accomplish that goal, each of our reporters will concentrate on an area of importance to Northern Colorado.

Jackie Fortier will be exploring growth and economic issues facing local communities as Colorado’s population booms. Topics like who’s winning and who’s losing in post-Great Recession Colorado; what’s being done about aging infrastructure, and more.


KUNC welcomed All Things Considered Weekend Host Michel Martin to Colorado State University for a live storytelling event about the evolving legal, ethical, and social conversations around water.

Welcome to Michael de Yoanna, KUNC’s first director of news content. Michael is a long-time Colorado journalist who has won numerous awards for investigative and news reporting. Michael will join us March 7, providing leadership in designing and implementing a news and information strategy for KUNC's community and the station's media partners.

Robert Ashworth / Flickr - Creative Commons

We're happy to announce the new KUNC Program Schedule, beginning Feb. 29, 2016. News, interviews, storytelling, entertainment and more, 24 hours a day!

Spellbinders Oral Storytellers of Larimer County was established in Fort Collins, in 2004 by experienced storytellers, Nora J. Heaton and Dora Hildebrand. The Larimer Chapter is the 10th Colorado Chapter formed out of a national non-profit organization founded in 1988 by Germaine Dietsch, now headquartered in Carbondale.

Courtesy of Greenhouse Scholars

Greenhouse Scholars provides comprehensive personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students. Its unique “Whole Person” approach offers intellectual, academic, professional, and financial support, in order to cultivate the next generation of community leaders.