Anthony Cotton

Anthony Cotton is a senior producer for Colorado Matters on CPR News.

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, Northwestern University.

Professional background:
Anthony joined Colorado Public Radio in 2016, bringing decades of writing experience ranging from politics to sports. He worked for 14 years for The Denver Post and has also served on the staff of Sports Illustrated and The Washington Post.

Anthony was named 2011 Print Journalist of the Year by the Colorado Association of Black Journalists.

  • While the Denver Broncos won’t be playing in the upcoming Super Bowl, the team is still making news across the National Football League. A new coach, Nathaniel Hackett, was announced late last week, and soon, there may be some clarity on the process for finding a new owner for the franchise. Denver7 sportscaster Troy Renck provides perspective on what's happening.
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  • The Colorado Symphony recently performed "Of Our New Day Begun," a composition created by Omar Thomas as a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 2015 Mother Emmanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. It's one example of how Thomas is using his music to address issues like social justice, equity and inclusion.
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  • Empty shelves, empty parking lots and heated rhetoric we’re just some of the things people experienced last week when workers from Denver area King Soopers went on strike. On Monday, workers from 77 stores approved a new three-year agreement with the grocery chain. James Walsh is a political science professor at the University of Colorado Denver who studies labor movements. He helps break down the deal and its possible statewide impact.
  • The Colorado state legislature gavels in for its 73rd General Assembly on Wednesday, January 12. Democrats will hold the majority once again in both the House and Senate, but as has been the case in each of those years, Republicans plan to make sure their voices are heard. Alec Garnett is the Speaker of the House, a Democrat from Denver. Hugh McKean is the House minority leader, a Republican from Loveland.
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  • Colorado Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin recently spoke at the University of Colorado's Depression Center about her fight to overcome depression and to find balance in her life in the face of the intense pressure of elite sports. The center has a unique collaboration with CU athletics to train coaches to support athletes' mental health. Rick George is CU's athletic director. Matthew Mishkind is the center's deputy director of operations for military and veteran programs.
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  • Raymond Jones was Colorado's first Black appellate court judge, and now two blocks of his neighborhood on Steele Street will be honored and protected. CPR's Anthony Cotton witnessed a very special reunion of neighbors. Then, Annie Levinsky, of Historic Denver, sheds light on how this and other designations come together.
  • When the evacuation order for the Marshall Fire came, the 600-member staff of Avista Adventist Hospital immediately jumped into action. The hospital's CEO Isaac Sendros recounts how they did it.
  • Demaryius Thomas died Thursday, December 9, at the age of 33 in his home in suburban Atlanta; while the cause of death hasn’t been confirmed, officials in Georgia have stated that it stemmed from a medical issue. As good a player as Thomas was on the field, where he helped the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50 five years ago, he perhaps made an even bigger impression away from the game.
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  • Assistant state climatologist Becky Bollinger says the mountains will see winter this week and the Front Range might get some snow too. But after a long dry spell and unusually warm temperatures, what’s behind Colorado’s strange fall -- and what’s ahead this winter?
  • Rory Huskin is a former drug user who spent time in federal prison in Pueblo. He now owns Cornerstone Roofing and Gutter which is a business his father started in Pueblo. But his path to success is like something of a country-western song which, as you’ll hear, is a pretty apt description.
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  • Doctors say it’s only a matter of time before the omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus makes its way to the United States. It was first discovered last week in South Africa, and already there are two cases detected in Canada. We want to get some grounding to the concerns people have with omicron and what this means for Colorado. Dr. Anuj Mehta is a pulmonologist who works with Denver Health. He’s also helped advise the state of Colorado on vaccine allocation and crisis care standards for patients during the pandemic.
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  • CPR News spoke to public health experts in Colorado to learn how the state will know when the COVID-19 variant arrives, and what can be done to manage its spread.
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  • The decline of regular music programs in schools isn’t a new story -- neither is the impact of the pandemic on our daily lives. But both have prompted the Colorado Symphony to rethink its ongoing mission and embrace making music more assessable to a variety of communities.
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  • It doesn’t seem that long ago that Von Miller was the toast of Denver -- leading the Broncos to Super Bowl glory in 2016. But five years is a long time in the National Football League, which is one reason why, on Monday, Miller said farewell to Broncos Nation. Miller was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for a pair of picks in the 2022 draft. Ryan Harris played alongside Miller on that Super Bowl-winning team. Harris is now a broadcaster with Altitude Sports Radio. He joined us with perspective on the trade, and Miller's influence in Denver.
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  • COVID-19 has found its way into nearly all facets of our life. From employment, housing, financial security and even how respected people feel at the doctor’s office. So, how are Coloradans holding up with all this pressure? A new survey from the nonpartisan health research group “Colorado Health Institute” provides some answers. CHI's president, Michele Lueck breaks it down.
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  • If you buy your own health insurance, as hundreds of thousands do, it’s go time. Open enrollment on the state’s health exchange begins today. What do sign-ups look like in a pandemic, when health care is top of mind? Kevin Patterson is CEO of Connect for Health Colorado.
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