Jim Hill recently joined CPR News as the assistant digital news editor. He was bit by the “radio bug” during his college days at Colorado State University. While there, he worked for the university’s newspaper and TV station, but also volunteered as a college-radio DJ for KCSU, before eventually being promoted to program director.
“Radio creates a unique opportunity to connect with your audience,” says Jim. “It’s both enjoyable and intellectual.”
Jim brings over 15 years of radio experience to the CPR News team. He began his career with Salisbury Broadcasting in 2001 after earning his bachelor’s degree in speech communication, and has since narrowed his focus to digital editing and production.
“I got into digital reporting rather than on-air work because I’m interested in new technologies and in finding creative ways to use them,” says Jim.
Most recently, Jim was editor and digital media manager for KUNC in Greeley, where he helped develop a program called “Hidden Colorado,” featuring mysterious, interesting and quirky stories from across the state.
While Jim is committed to sharing Colorado stories, he is not a Colorado native. “I’ve lived here for most of my life, but I’m actually from Kansas City, MO., which explains my homemade barbecue obsession / hobby.”
Jim will continue using new technologies at CPR to tell Colorado stories. “There’s an opportunity here to start exploring the impact of what ‘digital’ can mean in the public media space,” he says. “Colorado Public Radio is making an investment in that growth and I’m glad to be a part of it.”