Stephanie Daniel | KUNC

Stephanie Daniel

Reporter, Education and General Assignment

I am the education reporter at KUNC but enjoy going outside that box to cover health, drug addiction and breaking news. I report on issues that impact the lives of all our Colorado communities.

Public radio is unique because reporters cover a broad range of local, national and global issues. For me, that means I get to report on an opioid addiction treatment program on the Eastern Plains one day and the Denver teacher’s strike the next. It’s the best part of my job.

I grew up in Colorado and, after living out-of-state for many years, am happy to be back. Before joining KUNC, I worked at New York Public Radio and on the podcasts Revisionist History and Empire on Blood. My reporting has been featured on NPR’s Latino USA and The Pulse. Prior to my journalism career, I wrote and produced commercials and marketing videos for TV shows and media companies.

My reporting on the opioid epidemic was part of The Fix: Treating New York’s Opioid Crisis. The podcast won a national award from the Association for Health Care Journalists and a Regional Edward R. Murrow award. Locally, I have won awards from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists Top Of The Rockies. In 2018, I was selected to be an EWA Reporting Fellow by the Education Writers Association.

When I’m not working, I love going on adventures and have visited more than 20 countries. I also like to explore local areas, snowboard, ride my bike and hang out with my family and friends.

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Aidan Rambo is visiting his friend, Jasmine Henderson Moore, at her house. The recent high school graduates are sitting outside, talking through their to-do list for an upcoming event.

"We can just do like a Google Slides and share it and we can both just edit it and keep going," Rambo said.

"And then I will do the introduction," Moore said.

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Platte Valley High School senior Teya Hawkins holds up her blue and white letter jacket. On one side is a patch with the letters "PV." There are several athletic and academic pins on it.

"This is knowledge bowl, this is softball, this is state cheer, this just cheer and then academics." she said.

Throughout high school, the 18-year-old played three sports a year, in the fall, winter and spring. But that streak was broken when this year's tennis season was canceled due to COVID-19.

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College student Erika Cardenas never wanted to take an online class. But the coronavirus didn't leave her with much of a choice.

"I've been avoiding online classes my whole life because I can't concentrate at home," she said. "The only thing that I want to do when I'm at home is to sleep."

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Nicholas Wolverton posted a video on YouTube in late March. It’s an overview of a virtual science course he’s teaching at Polaris Expeditionary Learning School in Fort Collins.

“Since the coronavirus is definitely in the news and in our lives and affecting our lives,” Wolverton said. “I decided that the best thing that we could learn as scientists is to learn about viruses and specifically the coronavirus.”

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Much of Colorado has moved into the "safer-at-home" phase of the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak. Non-essential businesses reopened on Monday with curbside pick-up and other services can resume on Friday.

But what about consumers? Just because they can get out and shop again, will they?

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"Welcome back to our English class everybody," Carmen Bustillos, a second language acquisition teacher at Brentwood Middle School in Greeley-Evens School District 6, greets her class of seven.

She is talking to her students through the district's video platform. They are from Mexico, Guatemala, Eritrea and Myanmar. The students range from newcomers to more seasoned residents who have been in the United States for a few years. District 6 classifies them as English Language Learners, or ELL, students.

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Kaitlin Sisk grew up in the town of Erie, Colorado on what she calls a four-acre "family hobby farm." Her mom is a fiber artist, so they had lots of pets including angora rabbits and cashmere goats, and Sisk had her own horse.

Growing up with furry friends helped Sisk focus in on a career path.

"I think it just sort of like fell in my lap," she said. "It just seemed easy to me being around animals and working with them."

Gov. Jared Polis closed all preschool through grade 12 schools until April 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As school districts return from spring break, students and teachers are moving to an online learning format.

KUNC's Stephanie Daniel recently spoke to Madeline Noblett, executive director of communications at Poudre School District in Larimer County, to learn more about the district's transition to remote learning.

Updated 3/30/2020 at 2:30 p.m.: The Colorado Emergency Child Care Collaborative has expanded the program to include all essential workers. It will now provide child care to people in more industries, including educators, janitors and grocery store workers. The state will provide full tuition credit until May 17.

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Young Peoples Learning Center in Fort Collins is a community school that offers year-round toddler and preschool programs. It usually serves more than 100 kids a day, but that has changed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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College student Naya O'Reilly understands why the University of Colorado Boulder canceled graduation due to COVID-19. But they said it was "horrible" to receive an email from the university detailing the decision.

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