Kelley Griffin

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Bachelor's degree in communications, University of Houston; Master's degree in journalism, University of California-Berkeley.

Professional background:
Kelley Griffin has been with Colorado Public Radio since 1993, as a business reporter, managing editor and news director. She currently serves as CPR's vice president of news. 

Kelley has worked in both print and radio journalism, including NPR and "Marketplace." She co-authored More Action for a Change with Ralph Nader and wrote and edited for a media reform group and the American Association of University Women. Kelley has also served on the board of the Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

Kelley has received two National Headliner Awards; a national Edward R. Murrow Award; and awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press, and the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.


Q & A

Why I became a journalist
I knew I wanted to be a journalist in high school after watching the Watergate hearings and seeing "All The President's Men." I tried to do investigative stories at my high school newspaper in Strafford, Missouri - which was called, prophetically, The SHS Broadcast - but it was hard to find good material in a town of less than 1,000. My advisor wouldn't let me get arrested on Halloween so I could do a story inside the jail about the hooligans who would terrorize the town with rotten eggs and toilet paper.

After college I worked as an intern for muckracking columnist Jack Anderson, then wrote a book for Ralph Nader called More Action for a Change. It's a history of the student organization Nader helped launch on college campuses: Public Interest Research Groups. I attended the graduate journalism program at UC Berkeley, worked at Knight Ridder's Washington Bureau, then covered the gamut of life in small New England towns for The Patriot Ledger newspaper. 

Why I got into radio
I was doing some radio reporting on the side for the national program "Marketplace," and I became smitten with the form. I love how people's voices make stories come alive and how listening to radio engages your brain. Ira Glass of "This American Life" says, "Radio is the most visual medium," and I think he's right. 

How I ended up at CPR
I applied for a business reporter job at Colorado Public Radio in 1993, and I quickly became smitten with this state, too. I moved into the news director role, then became senior producer of Colorado Matters when we launched it in 2001, then became news director again in 2005 to oversee the expansion of the news department.

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