As KUNC’s arts and culture reporter, I cover everything that brings you joy and sorrow, that makes you feel and opens your mind -- whether it be on a stage, in a gallery or even just a random street corner.
So why art? Because despite personally not being able to carry a tune in a bucket with a handle, I have a deep appreciation for those who do have musical talent, as well as anyone who utilizes the creative process. Being able to communicate through art is powerful and I’ve found that people who follow their passions often have interesting stories to tell.
After graduating from Colorado State University, I started out as an agriculture reporter but eventually found that I preferred the “culture” part. I’ve been covering the arts in Colorado for most of my 20-plus-year career. My first big celebrity interview was Eagles bassist Randy Meisner (and his mom) just before his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
I have received awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Society for Professional Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Associated Press, the Colorado Press Association, Colorado Press Women, and the National Federation of Press Women. I have also received two Edward R. Murrow Awards.
When I’m not at work, I’m spending time with my family, taking in some live music or theatre, or trolling the record shops for vintage vinyl as part of my lifelong search for an original pressing of the 1983 “Valley Girl” soundtrack.