Anthony Cotton

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

Education:
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.

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

  • After Governor Jared Polis signed it into law, four-year-olds in Colorado will be able to attend preschool for free beginning in 2023. However, families will be limited to 10 hours -- which could hamper the schedules of working families. There are also other questions about how the program will actually work, according to Chalkbeat senior reporter Ann Schimke.
  • John Babiak's parents were displaced from Ukraine during World War II, eventually settling in upstate New York and teaching their children the value of helping others. It's one reason why the photographer from Denver recently made a trip to Eastern Europe to assist those displaced by the war with Russia. Babiak is working with World Central Kitchen, a global humanitarian group, and has shared some of the photos he's taken on his journey with Colorado Public Radio.
    During his recent trip to Poland, John Babiak gave toys and gifts to Ukrainian children displaced by the war with Russia.During his recent trip to Poland, John Babiak gave toys and gifts to Ukrainian children displaced by the war with Russia.
  • Arvada City Councilwoman Lisa Smith has years of experience volunteering at disaster sites, but nothing quite prepared her for having to decide who could flee Ukraine in a vehicle parked nearby, and who would have to wait.
  • Colorado lost an important voice this week with the passing of Tom Robinson. In 2001, Robinson became the first Black administrator hired by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Robinson worked as a teacher, coach and referee. He was even the replay official for the 2017 NCAA college football national championship game. The husband of Cleo Parker Robinson, Tom also helped found the iconic Denver dance company. Rashaan Davis is an assistant commissioner with CHSAA who worked with Robinson for years.
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  • It’s fair to say that college professors tend to lean liberal. So, almost 10 years ago, the University of Colorado Boulder embarked on an effort to counter that. It created the position of Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. Since then, a number of conservatives have taught on campus, including John Eastman. Now, a House committee is looking into Eastman's role in the JIt’s fair to say that college professors tend to lean liberal. So, almost 10 years ago, the University of Colorado Boulder embarked on an effort to counter that. It created the position of Visiting Scholar in Conservative Thought and Policy. Since then, a number of conservatives have taught on campus, including John Eastman. Now, a House committee is looking into Eastman's role in the January 6th insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Robert Pasnau is a philosophy professor at CU Boulder. He directed the conservative scholars program for eight years.
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  • When the pandemic hit, many businesses took a step back. But Skye Barker Maa took a step, actually several steps, forward. She'd already started a music school in Aurora, and last year, Barker Maa started a new fashion school as well as schools for photography, theater and film. And that's not all.
    Skye Barker Maa has started a number of businesses during the pandemic, including a fashion design school. Some of her students' work will be shown during Denver Fashion Week.Skye Barker Maa has started a number of businesses during the pandemic, including a fashion design school. Some of her students' work will be shown during Denver Fashion Week.
  • John Babiak, of Denver, feels a compunction to help people who struggle. It's a quality his parents instilled in him. In the 1940s, they were displaced from Ukraine. Which is why, despite a congenital heart condition, Babiak soon leaves for Poland to help Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion. The 62-year-old might also cross over into his family’s homeland.
    John Babiak is planning on traveling to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees displaced by the Russian invasion. His parents were forced to flee the country in the 1940s. John Babiak is planning on traveling to Poland to help Ukrainian refugees displaced by the Russian invasion. His parents were forced to flee the country in the 1940s.
  • The Smithsonian exhibit honors female leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics with their own safety orange statues. The exhibit, called "If Then She Can," features 120 women -- and six of them are from Colorado, including Jenny Briggs, the assistant dean of the Colorado School of Mines, and engineer Sarah Wilson with Tortuga AgTech.
    Former professional skier Sarah Wilson is one of 120 women in STEM featured in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute. Life-sized statues were created using 3D printers.Former professional skier Sarah Wilson is one of 120 women in STEM featured in an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institute. Life-sized statues were created using 3D printers.
  • On Tuesday, the Denver Broncos acquired Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson in a trade that garnered attention across the league and boosted fans' expectations that the team could come back after several losing seasons. Commentator and former Bronco Ryan Harris has high expectations too.
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  • Ukraine is fighting for its life. And the globe is fighting to grasp the repercussions of the Russian invasion. In Colorado, Governor Jared Polis has said he’ll welcome refugees. He also told his IT workforce to shore up cyber defenses. Let’s get perspective from Elizabeth Van Wie Davis, professor of international politics and policy at Colorado School of Mines. She's the author of “Shadow Warfare: Cyberwar Policy in the United States, Russia, and China.”
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  • As midterm elections approach, where is American Democracy?  Republican U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Colorado Democrat Jason Crow spoke together at the University of Denver’s recent Democracy Summit.
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  • Testing was a major part of the strategy to stem the spread of COVID-19. But as the focus shifts to vaccines, what role do tests play now? Data scientist Daniel Larremore from CU Boulder explains how we can use testing as we shift from pandemic to endemic.
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  • Former Broncos offensive lineman Ryan Harris spoke with Colorado Matters about diversity in the front office and NFL coaching ranks, as well as the long-term implications of Bryan Flores’ actions.
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  • In a lawsuit filed Tuesday that’s rocking the NFL, former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores says racism against fellow Black head coaches is pervasive in the league. Flores also claims leadership of the Denver Broncos engaged in racism in what he says was a “sham interview” with Broncos executives Joe Ellis and John Elway in 2019. That was the year the Broncos hired former head coach Vic Fangio.
    Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, center, joins team president Joe Ellis, left, and general manager John Elway for a photograph during a news conference at the team;s headquarters Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Englewood, Colo.Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio, center, joins team president Joe Ellis, left, and general manager John Elway for a photograph during a news conference at the team;s headquarters Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Englewood, Colo.
  • Trailblazing was nothing new for Raymond Jones. Now, his home in Denver's Congress Park neighborhood is part of a historic landmark.
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  • 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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