Chandra Thomas Whitfield

Host/Producer, Colorado Matters

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Chandra Thomas Whitfield joined CPR as a host and producer of its daily interview show, Colorado Matters, in 2022.

Professional background:
Whitfield has produced stories for NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, Ebony and a number of other national media outlets. She also hosted and produced the award-winning podcast “In The Gap” from In These Times magazine, which explored how the gender pay gap and pay discrimination affects the lives and livelihoods of Black women who work in America.

A New Orleans native by way of Atlanta and Clark Atlanta University graduate, she is also an alumna of a diverse mix of journalism fellowship programs, including the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at the Ohio University and Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. Most recently she completed the Medill and The Garage Media Entrepreneur Fellowship with Northwestern University’s esteemed Medill School of Journalism.

Bachelor's of Arts degree in Journalism, Clark Atlanta University.

Whitfield is the recipient of numerous awards for her writing, including “Journalist of the Year” awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the Atlanta Press Club, as well as honors from the Association for Women in Communications, the Colorado Association of Black Journalists and Mental Health America. An award-winning feature story she penned for Atlanta magazine is widely attributed with helping contribute to a change in Georgia law and a young man's early release from a 10-year prison sentence.


July 11, 2024: Maintaining health, envisioning cooler neighborhoods amidst Colorado’s extreme heat

As extreme heat grips parts of Colorado, we’ll ask the state climatologist if triple-digit temperatures are the new norm. And we’ll break down the many ways heat can impact our health — like the difference between heat stress and heat stroke as well as rethinking the way neighborhoods and cities are built to keep them cooler in the future. Also, saving dinosaur ridge and Colorado Wonders about turquoise.
Virus Outbreak Fighting Loneliness

July 9, 2024: Helping older Coloradans stay in their homes; Creating connection through a simple call

As people get older, many want to stay in their homes and age in place. But with the high-cost of housing and the unexpected turns life can take, it can be a challenge. “The Golden Girls” project helps women 50 and older in Mesa County. And Housing Resources of Western Colorado works to help people stay in their homes. Plus, how a phone call overcomes the loneliness that can come with aging.

July 2, 2024: A hot and smoggy summer; Denver’s own Prince celebrates The Artist’s 40-year milestone

Denver just experienced its second-hottest June on record, and that’s led to poor air quality. It’s likely a sign of things to come this summer. Then, Phillip Lamar is the founder and front man of Colorado’s premiere Prince tribute band; he reflects on The Artist’s legacy on the 40th anniversary of the iconic Purple Rain. And Aging Matters revisits scams and how to avoid them.

June 27, 2024: A school welcomes new immigrants beyond the classroom; Is a law to help renters working?

Children who made the harrowing journey from South America to the U.S. are filling up Denver’s classrooms. Beyond teaching, schools have become a one-stop shop for everything from dental care to warm clothes and other necessities. A new film documents packed classrooms, overwhelmed teachers, and a community trying to fill the gaps. Then, Colorado has a new law that’s supposed to save renters money. But is it working? And, one man’s very personal mission to make outer space inclusive.
Two women who hire older workers to help with preschool and aging care.

June 25, 2024: Older workers answer the call for preschool, aging care jobs; From football to dentistry

The fastest growing population in Colorado is 65 and older. But instead of retirement, it can also be an opportunity to help others while staying engaged. Then, the complexities of finding missing LGBTQ+ people. Also, a summer music festival rises to a creative challenge. And he traded in the football drills for the dental ones. Plus, illustrations as art.

June 18, 2024: Colorado’s ‘Red Flag’ gun safety law used inconsistently; JoFoKe bares her soul on stage through music

When it comes to Colorado’s so-called “Red Flag” gun violence prevention law, where you live often dictates when it’s used, if it’s used at all. Then, her family’s musical legacy goes back four generations, but JoFoKe isn’t relying on that as she makes her own mark, baring her soul on stage. For Black Music Month, we re-share our February interview with the Denver singer/songwriter. Plus, a big fossil find near Colorado Springs.

June 11, 2024: Marking a milestone of ideas for a better world; Harnessing the wind in Colorado

This month, the Aspen Ideas Festival marks 20 years of thought-provoking conversation, from students to celebrities to global leaders, exchanging ideas for a better world and human experience. Then, how high-dosage tutoring is helping students rebound from the pandemic learning gap. And answering a Colorado Wonders question about harnessing the wind.

June 6, 2024: How technology could change farming amid worker shortages; 80 Something fights ageism and stereotypes

Colorado farmers can’t find enough workers. Is technology like Artificial Intelligence the answer, and what are the trade-offs? Plus, incentives add up to buy or lease an EV. Then, “80 Something” is a vibrant new exhibit featuring artists over the age of 80. Also, learning to navigate Denver without GPS. And helping teens embrace wellness.