Anthony Cotton

Colorado Matters Senior Producer

@AnthonyCottondp[email protected]

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.

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‘All We Are Is Memory…’ One writer’s look at slavery and its personal legacy

Writer Donna Bryson says the history of slavery, its impact, its legacy, isn’t just the story of the Blacks who were oppressed, but also the white oppressors. A reporter for Reuters, Bryson was part of a comprehensive project that looked at “Slavery’s Descendants,” — the investigation not only looked at slavery from multi-racial viewpoints, but also explored its enduring footprint, via the connection with many of today’s political elites. Bryson spoke with Colorado Matters about her family’s personal story.

Once quiet and shy, an Overland H.S. student is reciting Poetry Out Loud in national semifinals

There was a time when Hana Kebede struggled with public speaking — “I would stutter, I would be nervous, I would quieten my voice,” she said. That’s not the case now for the 16-year-old junior at Overland High School in Aurora; a speech and debate class at the school helped Kebede come out of her shell. She then won the Colorado Poetry Out Loud competition and she’s now headed to the national semi-finals.

Colorado-centric novel ‘The Fireballer’ looks at the possibilities in baseball’s future

When the Colorado Rockies take the field today in their home opener, they’ll be led by pitcher Kyle Freeland, a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver. But what if the Spartans had produced another pitcher, one who set major league records every time he took the mound? That’s the premise of “The Fireballer.” Written by local author Mark Stevens, the novel centers around Frank Ryder, who moved from TJ and Metropolitan State University of Denver to the major leagues, where his ability to reach speeds of 110 miles an hour with his pitches creates an uproar in the sport. Stevens says the fictional story is part of an existential argument that’s taking place in the actual major leagues.
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Washington Post report highlights Colorado group monitoring priests’ use of dating and hookup apps

A Washington Post investigation finds a lay Catholic group in Colorado has monitored priests who use dating and hookup apps, predominantly ones geared toward same-sex relationships. This group then turned the findings over to bishops nationwide. Priests take a vow of celibacy, and the church’s official position is that gay sex is a sin. The report raises broader privacy questions.

Why Ukraine has become an ongoing way of life for one Denver couple

Sarah Davison-Tracy, the founder of Seeds of Exchange, a global human rights group, visited Ukraine in May of 2022, and then again in August, along with her friend John DeYoung, delivering portable water filters to citizens. On that second visit, Davison-Tracy’s husband, Brandon, a pediatrician in Denver, was also there. Brandon says the trip had a profound impact on his life, and the couple plan on returning to the country every year to visit newfound friends and help rebuild the war-ravaged land.

Feb. 21, 2023: For autistic students, an opportunity to keep career dreams in-TACT

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Americans with autism experience substantial unemployment and underemployment. It’s what drives Danny Combs, the founder and CEO of the Englewood-based TACT, which helps students on the spectrum gain skills to work in fields like the automotive industry, carpentry and welding. Combs’ son Dylan is on the autism spectrum.
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In quest to return to Super Bowl Broncos turn to new coach Sean Payton

This time next week, we’ll know who the Super Bowl champion will be — we’ve known for a while now that it won’t be the Denver Broncos, who entered the 2022 season with Mile-High expectations, but ended it with a fired coach and their seventh straight year of missing the playoffs. Now hopes are once again renewed with the hiring of Sean Payton as coach. Former Bronco Ryan Harris discusses the process that led to Payton’s arrival, and whether or not he can “fix” foundering quarterback Russell Wilson and return the team to the postseason.

How former Denver Nugget Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf lost his NBA career ‘In the Blink of an Eye’

A professional athlete protests injustice by sitting out the National Anthem.  There’s a firestorm, and before long, his career is over. While there is a connection, this is not a story about former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Decades earlier, it was Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf who was suspended by the NBA and shortly thereafter traded away from the team for his decision. In his autobiography, “In the Blink of an Eye,” Abdul-Rauf discusses his life before and after the anthem controversy.