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.


Gun violence through the eyes of an ER doctor

Dr. Emmy Betz sees first-hand the effects of gun violence in the emergency room at the Anschutz Medical Campus where she works. She also researches gun violence as the head of CU Anschutz’s Firearm Prevention Initiative. Betz says it’s critical to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to themselves or others.

Dec. 15, 2022: Updating long COVID and other seasonal viruses; The best in holiday books

Some are calling long COVID the next public health disaster; to treat it, doctors are turning to an unexpected condition for answers: concussions. The latest research and updating other seasonal viruses like the flu and RSV. Then, from a high-tech thriller about genetic manipulation, to efforts to maintain wild mustangs, plus stories for kids…we’ll share gift-giving book ideas, all with Colorado or Western ties.

Larger-bodied people can have anorexia, too

New research on eating disorders points to a new category of the disease, known as atypical anorexia, that often goes undetected. While people with traditional anorexia often present as extremely thin, this newer category applies to larger-bodied people who similarly restrict their eating, but suffer the same physical and emotional challenges of the disease.

Nov. 28, 2022: Red flag law’s inconsistent use; Living with specter of Alzheimer’s

As the investigation into the Club Q shooting continues, we look at whether Colorado’s red flag law could have kept the suspect from having access to guns, and why it’s used inconsistently. And, an author shares the essay she wrote after the Pulse nightclub shooting, which still resonates today. Then, two sisters with different diagnoses face Alzheimer’s together.

One family, two sisters and a genetic mutation for Alzheimer’s

Robin McIntyre, who’s 39, lives every day with the knowledge that she’s almost certain to get Alzheimer’s. Her family carries a genetic mutation that leads to early onset of the disease. Ten years ago, McIntyre, who lives in Laramie, Wyoming, tested positive for the mutation. Her sister Jessica McIntyre, 42, who lives in Lakewood, didn’t. We get an update from the pair who we first spoke to in 2016.

Emerging therapies offer hope for those with treatment-resistant depression

Studies show the pandemic — and the isolation and uncertainty that came with it — increased the number of people reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression. We explore some of the emerging therapies for people with treatment-resistant depression, including transcranial magnetic stimulation or TMS, ketamine therapy and psilocybin with Dr. Chris Schneck, medical director of the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center.

One woman’s story about helping her terminally-ill husband die on his own terms

Joanne Tubbs Kelly and her husband, Alan, had talked hypothetically about their support for laws like Colorado’s End-of-Life Options Act, but they never knew it would be a choice they’d have to make. That changed when Alan Kelly was diagnosed with a terminal illness and decided he wanted to take advantage of the law. The book, “Walking Him Home: Helping My Husband Die with Dignity,” by Joanne Tubbs Kelly, is about that experience.

How to judge a judge on the ballot

Along with the candidates and measures on this year’s ballot is a list of Colorado judges. After each name, voters must decide whether or not a judge should be “retained” and are asked to answer “yes” or “no.” We speak to retired judge Russ Carparelli, who served on the Colorado Court of Appeals for nearly 11 years about the process, which involves comprehensive performance evaluations of each judge.
Children's Hospital Colorado. April 1, 2020. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Children with RSV and other viruses fill hospital beds

Children’s hospitals around the country, including those in Colorado, are filling up because of an early surge in respiratory viruses. A key culprit is RSV, which often presents as a common cold but can turn more severe, especially among children and older adults. The situation has alarmed physicians who concerned about a tripledemic if RSV, influenza and COVID-19 converge.