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.

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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When a person struggling with addiction steps into Front Range Clinic's Mobile Health Unit, Tonja Jimenez greets them with a warm smile.

"They check in right here, this is our check-in desk," she pointed out. "This is our waiting area."

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled on the legality of the Title X Family Planning Program. In 2019, Colorado and about two dozen other states sued the federal government over changes the Trump administration made to the program. The court, which has jurisdiction over most of the West Coast, upheld the federal government's new regulations.

Colorado Edition co-host Erin O'Toole spoke to KUNC's Stephanie Daniel about what a new study can tell us about the impact this will have on Colorado.

Metropolitan State University of Denver

As the number of cases of COVID-19, caused by the novel coronavirus, continue to grow in our state, universities and colleges in Northern Colorado are moving to online classes to help prevent the spread of the virus on campuses.

Colorado Edition co-host Henry Zimmerman spoke to KUNC's Stephanie Daniel about responses in higher education to the outbreak.

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Greeley Mayor John Gates recently presided over a special swearing-in ceremony at Aims Community College. He told the small group of town hall employees to raise their right hand and repeat after him.

"I do solemnly swear," Gates stated.

"I do solemnly swear," they answered in unison.

The municipal workers taking their oath of office are fifth-grade students at Ann K. Heiman Elementary school in nearby Evans. Today, they work for a fictitious town called Young AmeriTowne.

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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.