Investing in Colorado News

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Teacher strike (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

Your Source For Colorado News

An informed public is essential to any democracy.

Trusted news has never been more important given the changes in the media landscape in Colorado and nationally. With unprecedented community support, Colorado Public Radio rose to the challenge and produced more Colorado-focused news. Together you helped CPR expand the depth and breadth of our newsroom, provide a broader range of stories across the state and bring Colorado more frequent news updates throughout the day.

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Barbara Dodge speaks to a reporter in her Westminster home, April 23, 2019. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Some of the year’s accomplishments:

Of the 12 new reporters hired, two are regional reporters, Stina Sieg and Dan Boyce, who report from the Western Slope and southern Colorado. The newsroom also welcomed its first Washington, DC-based reporter, Caitlyn Kim, who expands CPR’s political coverage and provides a much-needed resource for Colorado news originating from the nation’s capital. Kim is currently the only Colorado reporter based in Washington, DC for a Colorado news organization.

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Ranchers and trade (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

In January, CPR added 17 national programs to its schedule, including 1A, The Daily, Marketplace and Latino USA. As a result, listeners can hear the most important news while being exposed to a diversity of new voices and innovative storytelling.

With a $300,000 family foundation gift, the CPR newsroom launched its first investigative team, led by the new investigative editor, Chuck Murphy. When fully staffed, this team will produce deeply researched, data-driven, robust journalism that provides critical resources for the Colorado community. CPR News announced the formation of a Climate Solutions reporting team with a $1.21 million grant from the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation. This landmark investment is aimed at increasing CPR’s environmental reporting and creating a hub of information for solutions to climate-related issues.

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Vintage Baseball (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

CPR acquired Denverite with philanthropic support from Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Colorado Media Project, Ellenoff Family Fund and Gates Family Foundation. As an online news source for the city, Denverite provides enhanced coverage of Metro-Denver’s politics and its vibrant arts and culture scene.

Colorado Public Radio received a $500,000 grant from the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation to support the expansion of CPR News. The transformational gift made the Foundation a lead investor in CPR’s mission to become the home institution for Colorado news.

CPR News announced a 70 person 9,000 square-foot news headquarters near the Colorado state Capitol. Establishing CPR News in close proximity to the Capitol and Denver’s newsmakers supports more timely production and delivery of meaningful news throughout the day.

In April, CPR received a one million dollar pledge for Audio Innovations from the Ned and Nathalie Fund.

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Marijuana cultivation (Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

CPR expanded on-demand audio production with two new podcasts - Purplish and On Something.

Purplish explores Colorado’s unique approach to democracy, while On Something discusses the impacts of marijuana legalization five years after recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado.

Colorado Matters also continued its highly successful live events series, which included shows at the Newman Center at the University of Denver and the Avalon Theater in Grand Junction, with subjects ranging from climate change to a retro holiday show designed to celebrate community and the power of music.


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