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.

A DACA recipient’s monologue on the trials of living undocumented – until everything changed

As the 10th anniversary of DACA approaches on June 15th, we’re airing monologues written by DACA recipients. Among them, Reydesel Salvidrez-Rodríguez, who is legally deaf. He tells the story of his life before DACA and his despair at not being able to attend college. Today, Salvidrez-Rodríguez is a college graduate and is getting his Master’s degree in higher education.

As summer approaches, how to interpret the uptick in COVID-19

Since April, the number of COVID-19 cases in Colorado have been rising. CPR’s health reporter John Daley has been studying the numbers and offers his assessment of what’s happening and where the virus might be headed. Dr. Kenneth Lyn-Kew, a pulmonary and critical care physician at National Jewish Health in Denver, describes what health care providers and hospitals are facing.
Supreme Court

May 3, 2022: The legal landscape of abortion in Colorado; Empowering the ‘new builders’

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, what does it mean for abortion law in Colorado? Then, a special election in Glenwood Springs focuses on housing and growth. Plus, we revisit our conversation about empowering entrepreneurs as the “new builders” of the economy. And nominating which endangered historic places in Colorado should be saved.

As COVID-19 cases rise, experts say they’re more hopeful this time around

COVID numbers have been creeping up lately, but medical experts aren’t sounding the alarm just yet. They say data modeling predict a lot fewer hospitalizations than during earlier surges. We get some context for what’s happening with Dr. Anuj Mehta, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Denver Health. We also ask about a timeline for COVID vaccines for young kids and the recent decision to lift the mask mandate for planes, trains and buses.

Escaped from Ukraine, Rabbi to observe Passover in Denver

An American Rabbi who escaped from Ukraine with his family says that his celebration of Passover this year will be symbolic. Passover commemorates the Jews’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. A few weeks ago, Rabbi Yisroel Silberstein and his family fled from the bombs that rained down on the town of Chernihiv, where he led a congregation for 12 years. The Silbersteins have relatives affiliated with the Chabad Jewish Center of South Metro Denver, which raised the money to bring the family to the United States.

An opioid alternative helps one veteran find relief from chronic pain

A doctor who treats veterans says research is increasingly showing that a drug typically used to help people withdraw from opioid medications can also be an effective pain management tool. Dr. Joseph Frank, who leads a team at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center for veterans with chronic pain, has been prescribing the drug buprenorphine for patients who have used traditional opioid painkillers for relief but want an alternative.

April 12, 2022: Opportunities and challenges in Colorado’s prisons; Rethinking American art

With crime on the rise, we talk with Dean Williams, head of the Colorado Dept. of Corrections, about how prisons are responding, from staffing and safety to ensuring inmates are ready for release. Then, the high cost and lack of child care in Metro Denver. Plus, an apology for a dark moment in Denver’s history. And rethinking what American art means is the theme of two exhibits at Denver’s Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

Exhibits ask patrons to rethink what ‘American Art’ means

Rethinking what “American art” means is the theme of two exhibitions at Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art. The artists — Dyani White Hawk and Eamon Ore-Giron — draw a lot from their Indigenous heritage. Andrea Dukakis had a chance to visit and talk with one of the artists just before the opening. The two exhibitions run through May 22 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.