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.

Dina Klancir and Ecko Gardner-Huff
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High school freshman Ecko Gardner-Huff sits in the school library at Sobesky Academy. She's taking a survey of different career options, checking off the jobs that sound the most interesting.

"Help conduct group therapy sessions? Yes," Gardner-Huff marks it with her pencil. "Take care of children or daycare? Yes. Teach high school classes? No."

Gardner-Huff is working with her school counselor Dina Klancir.

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About 100 students, faculty, staff and alumni gathered on the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder Monday to protest the sole finalist for the system's next president.

Mark Kennedy was unanimously recommended by the CU Board of Regents earlier this month.

University of Colorado

The University of Colorado Board of Regents unanimously recommended Mark Kennedy to be the sole finalist for president. He is currently the president of the University of North Dakota and has worked in higher education, government and business.

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

Jobs in Colorado are changing. As early as next year, nearly three out of four will require some type of advanced degree. That's prompted the Colorado Department of Higher Education to create a plan for helping residents attend and graduate from a postsecondary institution.

A new report finds some public schools in Colorado and across the country are hiring law enforcement personnel rather than school-based mental health (SBMH) providers. The result: schools have become under-resourced and students overcriminalized, according to the American Civil Liberties Union.

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The first three years of a child's life are the most important to their development, according to a new, national report ranking how well states are caring for infants and toddlers. Colorado received high marks.

The State of Babies Yearbook 2019 examines state and national policies and programs that support the healthy development of children. The report compared 60 indicators for child and family well-being across three categories. Colorado was one of 12 states to receive the highest out of four ratings.

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Colorado teens vape more than teens in any other state studied by federal researchers and at twice the rate of the national average. That's according to federal research on vaporizers, or e-cigarettes, and it leads health experts to warn that teens either misunderstand or underestimate the risks.

Benjamin Marcial
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Denver teachers ended a three-day walkout Thursday and returned to their classrooms after their union reached a tentative deal raising their pay as much as 11 percent.

The deal was worked out in talks that lasted through the night and signed shortly before classes started, giving the teachers short notice and little time to get to their schools. They were encouraged to return to their classrooms if they felt ready, even though the deal awaits ratification by the full union membership.

Denver teachers
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Updated at 2:20 p.m.

Denver school administrators and teachers are making progress as they try to end a three-day strike but still must address a major hurdle regarding educators' pay.

The bargaining team representing teachers agreed Wednesday afternoon with much of the school district's proposal regarding how teachers can increase their pay based on experience, education and training over time.

There is still no agreement yet on a top district priority: Bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools the district prioritizes.

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Updated at 3:30 p.m.

Denver teachers and district leaders are continuing negotiatons to try end a strike over pay with the help of a federal mediator.

"I wish we weren’t here. I miss my kids. I run two special ed programs at my school," said middle school psychologist Benjamin Marcial during a caucus break.

Tuesday's talks come a day after over half of the city's teachers walked off the job. The negotiations began with discussions over changing Denver's pay system to more closely resemble those in other districts which more easily allow teachers to advance in pay based on experience, education and training. Both sides alternated meeting publicly and then taking time to discuss proposals in private.