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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In a brightly lit office at a coworking space in downtown Denver, female empowerment is on display. Barbara Brooks reads a poster above one of the desks.

"We have 'hashtag ageless' on the wall."

Guadalupe Hirt calls out the next one.

"Hashtag second act."

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Scott Alexander likes to bake cakes for his employees to celebrate their birthdays.

"Typically, something traditionally from their country of origin," he said. "I was a gourmet French chef in college so I can make pretty much everything."

Alexander is the district manager of two Corner Bakery Cafes in downtown Denver. His employees, he said, come from all different backgrounds.

"We have older people, younger people. We have every color, race, religion, creed imagined."

Jordan Johnson / Colorado Department of Human Services

Colorado is working hard to address behavioral and mental health and addiction. During his annual State of the State address earlier this month, Gov. Jared Polis said reducing costs in the health care system will help tackle these issues.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be celebrated on Jan. 20 this year. Although the federal holiday is an annual tradition across the country, it wasn't always that way.

It took several attempts to get King honored in Colorado, and the person responsible for that is Wilma Webb. She served in Colorado's House of Representatives for six terms and is also the former first lady of Denver — her husband, Wellington Webb, was the city's mayor from 1991 to 2003.

Edith Matesic teaches at orientation
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Matthew Roberts has been a certified nursing assistant for five years.

"I really enjoy like a lot of the patient contact you get," he said.

But the 23-year-old is taking his career to the next level. Roberts recently wrapped up his associate degree at Front Range Community College in Westminster. After he passes the licensing exam, Roberts will be a registered nurse (RN).

Sara Quale / Banner Health

A mental health crisis can be exacerbated by the challenges of aging. McKee Medical Center in Loveland plans to address this with a new unit specifically for seniors with behavioral health care needs.

The inpatient unit is for short-term, acute care and will serve people aged 55 and older.

Loveland has a lack of psychiatric inpatient beds, said Shelly Cox, behavioral health services director. Seniors will often travel to Denver or Fort Morgan to receive medical care.

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Clark Bacco whips out his harmonica and plays a short tune. Today, music is an icebreaker at the orientation session he's leading in a conference room in Greeley.

When the song is done, Clark dives right into the presentation.

"Here's our first slide. Welcome," he says. "Welcome to Frontier House."

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Colorado and local cities and counties are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors. The lawsuits are part of larger, national litigations which are still pending. While thousands of plaintiffs wait for a decision, a local nonpartisan health policy organization posed this question:

With a hypothetical $100 million settlement, how would you combat Colorado's opioid crisis?

Courtesy Tamera Breidenbach

Colorado State University is part of the international climate talks. About a dozen CSU students are in Madrid, Spain for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, participating in the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25).

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"A Christmas Carol" is a holiday classic. This week the play will be performed at the University of Denver, but this particular show is different. The cast and crew are 40 incarcerated women from the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. This is the first-time incarcerated individuals will take a theatre production outside prison walls and perform in public.