Anna Hanel

Education:Bachelor's degree in mass communication, Illinois State University; Master's degree in public affairs reporting, University of Illinois at Springfield.Professional background:Anna joined Colorado Public Radio as a producer for Colorado Matters in 2006, after spending time in Washington D.C. and Mongolia as a fellow with the International Reporting Project. Her stories have aired on NPR programs including "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered" and "Weekend Edition."Before coming to Colorado, Anna was a reporter and anchor for WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio. She covered the state legislature for Illinois Public Radio while completing her Master's degree.Awards:Anna has won awards for her reporting from the Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, Northwest Broadcast News Association and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. She was named the Milwaukee Press Club's Radio Journalist of the Year in 2005.Q & AWhy I became a journalist:I enjoy storytelling. I feel journalism is about getting to the truth by being open to various viewpoints, shedding judgment, and being willing to listen. For me, it's about helping foster connections between people, and helping people understand complex situations.Why I got into radio:Growing up, my family didn't know about public radio, so I first discovered NPR during my junior year of college. My roommate and I listened to jazz at night while doing our homework, and in the morning one day I turned the radio on and found “Morning Edition” on the same station. I realized that the thoughtful, in-depth reporting I heard on public radio was the kind of work I wanted to do. Plus – there's not enough hair product in the world that would give me a good enough 'do for TV (I tried).How I ended up at CPR:Like many people from the Midwest who end up in Colorado, I decided I wanted to live here after a few visits to hike, camp and ski. I was happy to see a news producer position open up at Colorado Public Radio, and after a year of working on Colorado Matters, I began hosting "All Things Considered" and producing feature reports. My skiing has improved, but I still look goofy attempting moguls.

  • One of many oil and gas wells in northeast Colorado submerged in the flooding. [Photo: Theresa Gilbert/Weld Air and Water]The flooding in north-central Colorado has caused two significant oil spills in one of the state’s major petroleum fields.
  • A new help center opened in Mesa County’s courthouse this summer. It’s part of a statewide push to assist residents who want to represent themselves in civil cases, or just need information about how to start working on things like a divorce, restraining order, or property dispute.
  • Colorado’s first state legislative recall election has started.  Last Friday, Pueblo County began allowing in-person voting at the county’s elections office for the recall against Democratic State Senator Angela Giron. Ten voter service centers will open Thursday.
  • [Photo: CPR/Hanel] Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that in general, the more natural light we’re exposed to during the day, the better we’ll sleep at night, no matter what our internal clocks prefer.
  • Parts of Colorado are digging out from snow that fell yesterday and overnight, on top of a big weekend snowstorm.  But the state is still dealing with drought.  In fact, 40 percent of Colorado farmers in a state survey say they may have to leave agriculture if dry conditions continue.
  • The ground near Snowmass Village where scientists uncovered thousands of Ice Age fossils may now be covered in ice and snow, but research on the finds hasn’t cooled.   A temporary exhibit on the evolution of elephants opens today at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • The Colorado teenager accused of abducting and killing 10 year-old Jessica Ridgeway of Westminster made his first appearance in juvenile court Thursday. Prosecutors say 17 year-old Austin Reed Sigg has confessed to the murder. The Jefferson County District Attorney says Sigg will be tried as an adult.
  • Hundreds of Coloradans turned out for rallies in Golden and Basalt Thursday, where GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney outlined a new five-point economic plan. As CPR’s Anna Panoka reports, Romney promised to create 12 million jobs if he becomes president.
  • One week ago, Coloradans woke up to learn dozens of people were shot inside a movie theater in Aurora. Family and friends of the twelve who died are now laying their loved ones to rest. It can be a challenging time for spiritual leaders who counsel those impacted by the violence.
  • The Denver area will get one of the nation’s first satellite patent offices in the next couple of years. That means the federal officials approving patents will now be in close proximity to Colorado researchers.  CPR’s Anna Panoka caught up with Acting U.S.
  • This year’s wildfires in Colorado have destroyed a record number of homes, and that could impact the state’s property insurance marketplace for years to come.  Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, spoke with Colorado Public Radio’s Anna Panoka.
  • A locally-owned company is now publishing the Colorado Springs Business Journal. The paper’s first issue under new ownership comes out Friday.   It’s now run by the same people who publish the Colorado Springs Independent, an alternative newsweekly.  The Independent’s long-time publisher is John Weiss.
  • State climatologists now say all of Colorado is experiencing some level of drought, despite storms earlier this week that brought rain and snow to parts of the state. Colorado Public Radio’s Anna Panoka spoke with Wendy Ryan, research associate with the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University.
  • Another Colorado ski resort says it’s closing early because warm weather and a lack of snow is making it tough for people to enjoy the slopes.  Echo Mountain joins Ski Cooper and Monarch Mountain in moving up its closing date.
  • About 180 homes remain under evacuation in the Conifer area where the Lower North Fork Fire has destroyed more than two dozen homes and claimed at least two lives.  At a press briefing late Thursday afternoon, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jacki Kelley said residents allowed to return to their homes today should be on

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  • Colorado Libertarians are gathering for their state convention this weekend in Aurora.  The party will nominate its candidates for state House and Senate races and choose delegates for the upcoming national convention.