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.

Analyzing the rising crime rates (and looking at possible solutions) in Colorado

Crime is up in Colorado–way up. Murders, sexual assaults and car theft to name just a few. Colorado also has an unenviable rank on the list of states with the highest increase in crime between 2019 and 2020. Colorado Public Radio has been looking behind the numbers to understand why crime is rising and what could be done to reverse the trend. David Pyrooz is a sociology professor at CU Boulder who studies crime trends.

‘Deport Me’ — A DACA Monologue from Motus Theater

Ten years ago this June, the U.S. government created a new program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. It gave children — brought to the U.S. from other countries — temporary protection from deportation. And, it made them eligible for college and jobs. Leading up to the anniversary, we’re sharing monologues– written by DACA recipients. They’re part of a podcast series from Boulder-based Motus Theater.  Alejandro Fuentes-Mena tells the story of his hard-working parents — and his path to becoming a teacher. It’s called “Deport Me.”

April 5, 2022: John Eastman’s impact on CU Conservative program; Climate change & politics

The conservative scholar program at CU Boulder was created to hire professors with conservative leanings, but John Eastman has been a lightning rod. We speak with the founder of the program, Robert Pasnau. Then, a new U.N. report finds that politics is a major barrier toward addressing climate change. And NPR’s Ayesha Rascoe talks with KRCC’s Abigail Beckman about covering the White House and diversity.

March 31, 2022: Self-screening for cystic fibrosis; Entrepreneur finds opportunity in pandemic

People of color with cystic fibrosis are more likely to go undiagnosed because the medical community has long considered it an illness that only afflicts white people. Now there’s a new screening tool to help people self-advocate. Then, an Aurora entrepreneur found opportunity during the pandemic. And, Purplish explores the history of the abortion debate in Colorado as lawmakers pass a bill to enshrine the right to an abortion in state law.

On Pain: People with chronic pain say a crackdown on opioids makes their lives harder

Larry Rowland takes Percocet daily for chronic back pain. He’s on the lookout for alternatives but in the meantime he says the national opioid crisis is making his life more difficult. Kate Nichols recently formed the Colorado-based National Pain Advocacy Center. She’s advising the CDC on possible revisions to guidelines for prescribing opioids. They spoke with Andrea Dukakis for our series, “On Pain.”

Predicting why some kids get very sick from COVID

As cases of COVID-19 drop, research continues into the many mysteries of the virus. Among the questions is why some children get extremely ill from COVID-19. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association examined cases of COVID in children across the country and found that once children are hospitalized, there are some factors that can help predict whether a child will develop a particularly severe case of the virus.
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Gauging the thoughts of Ukrainians

John O’Loughlin is a professor of distinction at the University of Colorado Boulder and has worked in Ukraine. He’s also done extensive polling of residents throughout country including in the breakaway regions in the southern and eastern parts of the country.