Andrea ChalfinAndrea Chalfin
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 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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  • Governor Bill Ritter’s third state of the state address offered a stark picture of Colorado’s economy. Ritter says Coloradans and public officials will need to make sacrifices in order to keep state government running smoothly. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • Today marks the beginning of the “Citizen Report,” a collaborative effort between the Colorado Springs Gazette and KRCC. Drawing from submissions to the YourHub pages at ColoradoSprings.com, citizen journalists now have the opportunity to share their work over the air in addition to appearing in print.
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  • Today marked the opening day of the state’s 67th General Assembly. It was a historic day for Colorado. For the first time ever, two African Americans now hold the top leadership spots in both legislative chambers. Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.
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  • Democrats at the state capital say Colorado will need to increase fees to help pay for the state’s ailing roads and bridges. Democratic lawmakers are working with Republicans on a transportation package, but as Bente Birkeland reports, Republicans say they’re wary of more fees.
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  • Colorado’s 67th legislative session begins today. Lawmakers are expected to grapple with a projected 600 million dollar budget shortfall and cuts to key programs. Bente Birkeland sat down with the next Speaker of the House to talk about his priorities for the legislative session and his new role.
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  • One hundred lawmakers will arrive at the state capitol tomorrow for the first day of Colorado’s 67th General Assembly. Legislators will spend the next four months hammering out new laws and grappling with a projected budget shortfall. Rocky Mountain Community Radio’s Bente Birkeland talks about the upcoming session with fellow statehouse reporters.
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