CENTENNIAL, Colo. (Jan. 12, 2010) – Colorado Public Radio (CPR) has hired Sarah Hughes to be a reporter and producer for its daily local news program, Colorado Matters.

"Sarah will be a great addition to the newsroom, covering education and immigration news for Colorado Matters," said CPR News Director Kelley Griffin. “She has an extensive background in news reporting and has done freelance work for CPR over the past few years.”

“Over the years, I've witnessed the growth of Colorado Public Radio's coverage of community issues,” Hughes said. “Being part of this dedicated news team is a great opportunity to bring a diverse array of voices to the airwaves.”

Hughes was previously a reporter for WAMU in Washington, D.C., where she covered education and immigration. She has reported for KCAW in Alaska and was a bilingual teacher for Teach for America prior to attending UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Three years ago, Hughes moved to Colorado for a position with Aspen Public Radio as a bilingual reporter. She is fluent in Spanish and once consulted for a radio project in Peru. She is the founder and director of Colorado Youth News, which works with disadvantaged high school students to produce radio programming.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations. Nearly 400,000 listeners tune in to CPR each week (Source: Arbitron 2008/2009).  

Colorado Public Radio News is heard on: 90.1 FM in Denver, 1490 AM in Boulder, 1230 AM in Pueblo, 89.5 FM in Grand Junction, 88.3 FM in Montrose, 88.3 FM in Craig, and online at cpr.org.

Colorado Public Radio Classical Music is heard on: 88.1 FM in Denver, 91.9 FM in Pueblo, 94.7 FM in Colorado Springs, 89.9 FM in Vail, 90.5 FM in Glenwood Springs, 103.3 FM along the Western Slope, and online at cpr.org.