Carl Bilek

Colorado Matters Executive Producer

@CarlBilek[email protected]

Carl joined Colorado Public Radio in 2018. He brought with him nearly 30 years of experience in the broadcast news industry, all of which was spent covering news in Denver.

Professional Background:

Most recently, he was National Director of Content at the E.W. Scripps Company, where he helped manage the "Now" show for stations across the country.

Carl has extensive experience in leadership roles for local newsrooms. He was formerly the acting news director and executive producer at KMGH, and was also the news director at KWGN.


After 25 years of service dedicated to excellence, Carl was inducted into the Silver Circle of the NATAS Heartland Region in 2017. He also received four regional Emmy Awards for his work on special projects at KMGH, and was a part of the station's leadership when it won the Emmy for both news excellence and station excellence.


Bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in marketing from Metropolitan State University of Denver

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Sharing stories through music

It’s back to school, which means it can also be back to… music. Music Blocks is CPR’s podcast which explores how songwriters and composers use sound to express emotion. And how kids can tap into their own feelings. It was developed to spur classroom discussion with middle and high schoolers in mind, but can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Music Blocks co-hosts and producers, Rebekah Romberg and Luis Antonio Perez, join Colorado Matters to talk about the second season, which focuses on musical storytelling.