CENTENNIAL, Colo. – May 18, 2011– Colorado Public Radio (CPR) continues its local news expansion with the hiring of general assignment reporter Ben Markus. In addition to his reporting duties, Markus will also produce segments for CPR’s daily local news interview program, “Colorado Matters.”

“Ben's a strong addition to CPR because of his experience covering issues like energy, the economy, education and politics in Hawaii and Alaska,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR's news director. “We're confident he'll approach these complex issues with fresh eyes to give listeners a deep understanding of significant developments in Colorado.”

Before CPR, Markus served as general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio where he won the top prize for general news and feature reporting from the Hawaii Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was also a Senior Fellow in NPR's Economic Training Project.

Prior to his position at Hawaii Public Radio, Markus worked in the newsrooms of KUAC-FM/Alaska One in Fairbanks, and Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Calif.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and classical music to about 450,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, Spring / Fall 2010). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses, and foundations.

Colorado Public Radio In-Depth News: Denver 90.1 FM and 1340 AM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.CPR.org.

Colorado Public Radio Classical Music: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.CPR.org.

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