Andrea Dukakis

Colorado Matters Reporter / Producer / Host

@adukakis[email protected]

Andrea Dukakis is a producer/reporter/host for Colorado Matters on CPR News. She has produced and reported for CPR for nearly two decades. Prior to joining CPR, Andrea worked at NPR and ABC News.

Bachelor's degree in English, Princeton University; Master's degree in journalism, Columbia University.

Professional background:
Andrea Dukakisreports, produces and hosts stories for Colorado Public Radio and has been at CPR for nearly two decades.Prior to coming to Colorado, she spent three years at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. Andrea has also worked at ABC News in New York. She's reported national stories for several NPR programs, including "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Justice Talking" and "Living on Earth," as well as for BBC's "The World."

Andrea has received awards from PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated),Colorado Broadcasters Association, Associated Press and the Colorado Community Health Network.

Q & AWhy I became a journalist:
I have always been fascinated by people and their unique experiences, and I love the news. So, it was a perfect fit. I grew up in a political family, and we always talked about issues and politics at the dinner table. But I never wanted to work in politics – I always preferred understanding issues from different perspectives. I think the most powerful stories are the ones told by those who are affected, whether it be health care reform, welfare, education, justice issues or the economy. And, I enjoy telling those stories.

Why I got into radio:
While I was in journalism school, I was offered the chance to help out at WBAI – a public radio station in New York City. I had written a story for school on Amerasian children who moved here from Vietnam after the war. The folks at WBAI let me turn it into a radio story – and I was hooked. I liked it better than print because radio adds a special texture to a story. And I preferred radio to television because I think people being interviewed are more honest when they talk into a microphone, rather than a camera.

How I ended up at CPR:
I was newly married, and my husband wanted to move to the mountains. At the time, I was at National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. We moved to Denver, and I began talking to people at Colorado Public Radio. It was really the only place I wanted to work – and the rest is history.

June 5, 2024: Predicting which babies are prone to food allergies; The debate over solitary confinement

Colorado researchers say they can predict which babies are prone to food allergies, using a simple skin test.  We’ll hear about this new test and novel treatments to prevent allergies as babies grow up. Then, people with Long COVID share essays about their experiences as they continue to fight for treatment and awareness. Later, the book “No Human Contact” raises questions about the impact of solitary confinement on both inmates and prison guards.

June 3, 2024: The issues voters tell us are most important this election; Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle?

As primary ballots are mailed this week, Purplish has the first results from our Voter Voices survey, in which Colorado voters prioritize the issues most important to them. Take part in the survey here. Then, Colorado Wonders why Oklahoma has a panhandle. Plus, Colorado history through matchbooks. Plus, an inspiring commencement at Front Range Community College.

Ten years after the first sale of legal recreational cannabis in Colorado, the federal government considers big changes

Last week, the Biden Administration proposed reclassifying cannabis as a less-dangerous drug. We discuss the federal government’s move to ease restrictions on marijuana as well as Colorado’s decade-old cannabis law with Ricardo Baca, the first-ever cannabis editor of the Denver Post and Sam Kamin, a professor at the University of Denver law school.

Long Haulers want their voices heard

There are still many mysteries about Long COVID, but what is clear, is that about 200,000 Coloradans have the condition. A recent book called “The Long COVID Reader,” edited by Mary Ladd, features essays and poems by long-haulers, including two from Colorado.