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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Rep. John Lewis’ Reflections On The Civil Rights Movement At Aspen Ideas Festival

The body of Congressman John Lewis, the civil rights icon, will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol next week. According to NPR, a public viewing will take place outdoors — because of the pandemic. Representative Lewis died last Friday at age 80. Six years ago, he was at The Aspen Ideas Festival to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Lewis recounted how his eyes opened to racism at an early age, followed by a call to action. This audio is courtesy of the Aspen Institute.

Dr. Anthony Fauci On COVID-19 Vaccine Development, Contact Tracing, And Frustrations For Doctors

Dr. Anthony Fauci is the nation’s top expert on infectious diseases. It’s clear in media reports that he and President Trump don’t readily agree on the severity of the pandemic. As that plays out on the national stage, Dr. Fauci recently spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. It was held virtually this year due to the pandemic. CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen asked him questions. Today we share an excerpt of that discussion, focusing on the effort to come up with a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the challenges of contact tracing, and why the virus is especially frustrating for doctors. Audio is courtesy of the Aspen Institute.
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The Latest On COVID-19 In Colorado

Gov. Jared Polis said Thursday, “this is the summer of no parties.” He also strongly encouraged Coloradans to wear masks in public. His comments underscored why it’s a slow process to reopen the state. Economists say recovery is still a long way off. And among the workers who face uncertain futures are teachers. We want to hear from educators as the fall semester approaches.