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Andrea Chalfin

Andrea came to KRCC in 2008 by way of Missouri. She’s responsible for KRCC’s overall news presence, and oversees a cadre of staff, freelancers, and students.  Her award-winning work has been heard on NPR, The World (PRI), and the BBC. The Ohio native loves music and media, food, and the open road; it’s also not uncommon to see her taking a walk through downtown Colorado Springs.  Follow Andrea on Twitter @AndreaChalfin or send an email to achalfin@krcc.org Have a press release? Please email news@krcc.org.

  • A young man claims he had a sexual relationship with former evangelical leader Ted Haggard. The allegation of a second gay relationship comes as the embattled Haggard is trying to re-make his public image and promote his new HBO documentary, The Trials of Ted Haggard. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • Lawmakers will likely be in a grim mood at the state capitol this week. Tuesday, the Governor’s office is slated to reveal its 2009-2010 budget to the legislature’s Joint Budget Committee. The state’s higher education system is bracing for the worst. Thirty million dollars has already been cut from this year’s budget.
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  • Four members of Colorado’s congressional delegation talked to state lawmakers about the federal economic stimulus package. Bente Birkeland discusses what they said with fellow statehouse reporters.
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  • Republican state lawmakers are circulating a petition criticizing Governor Bill Ritter for saying he would support Guantanamo Bay prisoners being housed in Colorado. The state is home to “Supermax,” one of four federal prisons the Obama administration is considering moving Guantanamo detainees to. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • Bennet gets sworn into the US Senate…Updating wildfire conditions at Fort Carson…how drought conditions affect agriculture…and Colorado cat owners, beware.
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  • In the sagging economy, many media outlets are cutting jobs and laying off reporters, and Colorado’s not immune. The most recent newspaper casualty happened on Tuesday when the Pueblo Chieftain told its veteran state capitol reporter that he would be out of a job at the end of the current legislative session.
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  • Today’s contribution comes from Chris Robertson. The southern Louisiana native moved to Colorado Springs in 1997, and currently works for the Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado. In today’s “Citizen Report,” Robertson discusses the power of language. (The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC.
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  • Coloradans who attended yesterday’s inaugural ceremonies in the nation’s capitol are hoping the transition of power will bring better economic times. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.
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  • The historic nature of President Barack Obama’s inauguration inspired many people around the country and the world to hold special inauguration-viewing events. At Colorado State University in Pueblo, about 150 students, faculty and staff gathered for their own festivities on campus.
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  • While most state lawmakers had to settle for watching President Barack Obama’s inauguration on TV, a handful of legislators and Governor Bill Ritter traveled to Washington DC to witness it firsthand. Ritter says the ceremony was phenomenal and that he had a fantastic view. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • It’s not every day that state lawmakers watch CNN on the house floor. But on Tuesday morning legislators took a break from their daily business to see President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office tomorrow, officially making him the 44th President of the United States. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin recently sat down with Colorado College Political Science Professor Andrew Dunham to take a look back and a peek forward at this moment in Presidential history.
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  • The Governor’s office announced millions of dollars in proposed budget cuts to a broad range of key programs. This comes in response to a projected 600 million dollar budget shortfall Colorado faces this year. Bente Birkeland discusses the cuts with statehouse reporters at the capitol as part of our weekly capitol conversation series.
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  • The state’s public university system is bracing for thirty million dollars in budget cuts this year. That’s according to a budget proposal released today by Governor Bill Ritter’s office that includes some two hundred million dollars in across the board cuts for state services. From KUNC, Kirk Siegler reports.
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  • The Governor’s budget and planning office announced millions of dollars of proposed budget cuts on Friday. Among other things the proposal calls for cuts to a host of programs including K through 12 education, higher education, new construction projects and tourism. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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