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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U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams recently issued a national advisory urging Americans to carry the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone. Since 1999, Colorado has seen a 400 percent increase in the number of opioid overdose deaths.

KUNC’s Stephanie Daniel spoke with Robert Valuck, director of the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and a professor of pharmacy at the University of Colorado at Denver, about the recommendation.

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“Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown” is the 2018 One Book 4 Colorado winner. The book, chosen specifically for 4-year-olds, was announced by Gov. John Hickenlooper at the state Capitol this week.

At the event, Hickenlooper told a group of preschoolers that he wants to make sure they know how to read and grow to love reading.

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Colorado has one of the best employment markets in the country. By 2020 more than 70 percent of those jobs will require some type of advanced degree. But right now, there are not enough qualified workers to fill those positions – only 56 percent of residents have postsecondary education.

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The first calf born through in vitro fertilization is now part of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd. The calf, a 10-month-old named IVF1, is also the first in the world to be conceived using eggs and sperm collected from Yellowstone bison, one of the last genetically pure herds in the country.

IVF1 was released into the herd – along with her mother and three other calves and their mothers – in mid-March, boosting the herd, which lives at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area and Red Mountain Open Space, from 36 to 44 animals.

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On crisp, sunny morning in February, Jennifer Barfield threw large vegetable pellets from her car window. She was trying to lure a distant herd of bison closer.

It worked. The large brown animals – also known as buffalo – came right up to the car.

“Nothing like being chased by a herd of bison on Sunday morning,” Barfield joked.

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School District 27J will become the first metro Denver area district to implement a four-day week.

Starting in August, students will be off Mondays, but Tuesday through Friday school days could be extended up to an extra hour and a half to ensure students receive the same classroom time.

Parents in need of childcare for Mondays can send their younger K-5 children to a district-run daycare. They will have to find other options for older kids.

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Two Colorado high school seniors placed in the top 10 at the nation’s most prestigious science and math competition - the Regeneron Science Talent Search. The competition was held in Washington, D.C., March 8-14.

Isani Singh, 18, from Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village won third place. Kyle Fridberg, 17, from Fairview High School in Boulder, came in sixth.

Another Cherry Creek High School senior, 17-year-old Abilash Prabhakaran, placed in the top 40.

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Esperanza Montelongo attached a biometric sensor to her ear, stood in front of a computer screen and started breathing. With each inhale and exhale, a small ball on the screen moved up and down, mimicking her breaths.

“It just keeps going and going and when this fills up, if it’s all green, that means your heart is calm and you’re breathing right,” she said.

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Following last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the state is looking into ways to prevent further tragedy. For inspiration, they’ve turned to Colorado’s Safe2Tell program, a statewide bystander reporting program aimed at improving school safety.

The Safe2Tell app allows students to anonymously report concerns they have about classmates or school safety. The messages go to the Colorado State Patrol Communication Officers who follow-up with local school officials, mental health professionals or law enforcement.

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On Tuesday, hundreds of students from high schools in Fort Collins walked out of their classrooms to protest gun violence. A group from Poudre High School marched nearly 3 miles from their school in west Fort Collins to Old Town Square.

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