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.

  • 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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  • It’s news that would please Wile E. Coyote. On Thursday, Colorado lawmakers unanimously defeated a bill aimed to crack down on coyotes in urban areas. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • Colorado is set to gain some new jobs…Salazar’s confirmation hearing…and gaining funds from the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.
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  • President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to lead the Interior Department is promising to help wean the country off foreign oil. Colorado Senator Ken Salazar says this can happen by expanding renewable energy on public lands in the United States and promoting the “wise use” of traditional energy sources.
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  • Old Colorado City resident Dave Hughes is an Army veteran, great-grandfather, and an internet pioneer. For today’s “Citizen Report,” Hughes shares his thoughts on this particular experiment in media convergence. (The “Citizen Report” is a collaboration between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC.
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  • A major transportation package in Colorado’s General Assembly, Representative Salazar (D) votes for S-CHIP expansion, and the Rocky Mountain News gets an ultimatum.
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  • In an emotion filled hearing, families who have lost loved ones to carbon monoxide poisoning in Colorado pleaded with state lawmakers Tuesday to pass a bill requiring detectors in homes and apartment buildings. The measure is being considered following the deaths of six people from carbon monoxide poisoning in recent weeks.
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  • Colorado’s incoming Secretary of State unanimously breezed through a senate confirmation hearing on Monday and pledged to keep elections open and transparent. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • A northern Colorado horse group is among the select few that will march in president-elect Barack Obama’s inaugural parade next week.
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  • Colorado’s U.S. Senate designee and Governor Bill Ritter are touring the state over the next several days, talking about the economy. But the Republican state party chair says it smacks of a campaign trip and the public shouldn’t be forced to pay for it. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • Governor Bill Ritter gave a somber state of the state address pledging to make budget cuts to key programs. He also gave specifics on some of his own initiatives. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland analyzes the speech with fellow statehouse reporters.
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