Andrea Dukakis

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.

Education:
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.”

Awards:
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.

  •   Researchers say the forest where the Fourmile Canyon fire burned west of Boulder was ripe for fire. Intense wildfires are part of that forest’s history.  Before the blaze, these scientists from CU-Boulder had wrapped up a study of the area. Fire and forest ecologist Tania Schoennagel was on the team.
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  • Only one member of Colorado’s congressional delegation isn’t up for election this year. That’s Democratic Senator Mark Udall. We checked in with him to talk policy and politics before Congress reconvenes on Monday.
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  • Colorado’s suicide rate has climbed to the highest in more than 20 years. That’s according to new numbers released by the state.  We talk with Michael Allen who directs research at the University of Colorado Depression Center.
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  • Denver has a new acting manager of safety. Mary Malatesta replaces Ron Perea, who resigned amidst allegations that he wasn’t doing enough to discipline police officers who use excessive force. These charges have dogged the Denver Police Department for years.
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  • Cain Day, of Denver, remembers when he learned about the Holocaust. He was eight. It wasn’t from a teacher or from a book. It was at McDonald’s. Years later, he wrote an essay about the experience. It just landed him the top prize in a national contest from the Holocaust Remembrance Project.
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  • Universities often grapple with the academic performance of student athletes.
  • We’ll introduce you to a treatment for depression that’s really only begun to catch on. Patients in the state will have better access to it now that The Depression Center at the University Colorado Denver has begun to offer it. The procedure is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS.
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  • There’s something really satisfying about enjoying fruits and vegetables grown right in your own garden. And local restaurants are catching on. As part of our Friday summer series “Backyard Farmers”, we’re going to hear about restaurant owners who are getting ingredients not just locally, but from right in their own backyards.
  • We’re taking a look at what budget cuts have meant for state district courts in Colorado. These courts handle everything from divorces to property disputes to murder trials. Overall, lawmakers cut the judicial branch by 16 million dollars this fiscal year. That’s meant losing 110 jobs.
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  • One of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the world is about to open in Golden. It’s on the campus of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory or NREL. It can heat and cool itself without using much electricity at all. Computers will shut down themselves when they’re not in use.
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  • Today marks 6 months since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti. Rich and Lisa Harris, of Littleton, remember the day well.  In the hours following the quake, they worked the phones, trying to find out what happened to two Haitian children they’d planned to adopt– Davinson and Guimara.
  • Denver is one of 10 cities across the country taking part in a study to see whether exercise helps stimulant abusers kick the habit.  The study will also compare those in the exercise group to other abusers who will receive health counseling instead of exercise.
  • As medical marijuana becomes more common in Colorado, landlords increasingly are encountering tenants who are using and growing marijuana. Under state law, a person who has a medical need can possess up to 2 ounces of the drug.
  • Troy Anderson hasn’t seen the sun in ten years. Since 2000,he’s been in solitary confinement–in an 8 by 12 foot cell in Colorado’s highest security prison. And he’s mentally ill.
  • In September, the state plans to open a portion of new prison where inmates will spend 23 hours a day alone in their cells. For the remaining hour, prisoners will move to a slightly larger cell to exercise by themselves.
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  • It’s time for our summer series: Backyard Farmers. We look at the movement to shorten the distance between the garden…and the table. Today we talk about people who are joining the ranks of home gardeners.