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.


Colorado researcher moves forward on a drug that could reduce memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s

Human trials are underway for the drug Leukine, used for cancer patients, to see if it can reduce memory loss for Alzheimer’s patients. Dr. Huntington Potter, directs the Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center at CU Anschutz, said the drug could also benefit others with memory problems but he cautions that several more years of research are needed to make sure the drug is effective.

A small mountain town embraces Ukrainian newcomers

Since war broke out in Ukraine, some Ukrainian citizens have come to the United States to live temporarily under a federal program known as Uniting for Ukraine. They must have someone in this country who will provide financial aid and other assistance while they’re here. The small town of Estes Park in northern Colorado has become small haven for some of these new immigrants.

With the new booster widely available, who should get it and when?

By now, some Coloradans have had as many as five shots to protect them against COVID-19 — the latest being the new bivalent booster, which targets newer variants. It’s available at pharmacies and clinics across the state. Dr. Diane Janowicz, an infectious disease specialist at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Grand Junction, answers questions about the latest booster.
Clifton Food Bank Pantry Grand Junction

Food banks across the state see increased demand amid rising prices

For a look at how inflation has hit families and food banks across Colorado, we visit the Clifton Christian Church Food Bank just outside of Grand Junction and meet Executive Director Jackie Feaster. She says her own experience when she was younger has helped her understand the struggles her clients go through and she strives not only to provide food for her clients but also to treat them with dignity and respect.

With less water in the Colorado River, changes could be in store for Coloradans

Colorado and other states that share the Colorado River could face new restrictions in the future as water levels drop to historic lows. Jennifer Pitt, director of the Colorado River program for the National Audubon Society, talked with CPR’s Andrea Dukakis about some of the approaches Colorado could take to conserve more water, including changing how farmers grow crops and how cities design their urban spaces.

As kids head back to school, a check-in on COVID-19 and other viruses

On the heels of new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we speak with the head of infectious disease control and prevention at UCHealth, Dr. Michelle Barron, about how to interpret the new rules, including the CDC’s decision to lift the requirement to quarantine if someone is exposed to the virus. Colorado Matters’ host Ryan Warner also asks Barron about other viruses like the flu, monkeypox, and polio.