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.

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

Awards/recognition:
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.

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April 11, 2023: Colorado’s carbon capture enterprise; Dogs train for avalanche rescue

A new product promises to help reduce the effects of climate change by sucking carbon out of the air, but there are several hurdles to overcome first. Then, avalance rescue dogs are being trained at Steamboat’s ski resort. And, the evolution of an award-winning theater company in Boulder. Also, chronicling the lives of African Americans in the Mountain West.
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April 4, 2023: Support for domestic violence survivors; Colorado hits potential ‘hunger cliff’

Lawmakers are moving forward with a bill they say will help Coloradans who’ve experienced domestic violence feel safer. Then, SNAP benefits end for some and solving the Colorado River crisis. Also, Indigenous history in Colorado and a new book about the Ku Klux Klan iin the 1920’s in Denver. And, what’s underground at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
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March 23, 2023: East High shooting renews safety concern; Empowering students with soccer

After a shooting at East High School, we hear about safety issues and the lack of resource officers. Then, knowing breast density is critical because mammograms can miss cancer signs. Plus, the CASA youth soccer club gives Latino and Latina students a chance to develop their skills with an eye on education. And, Colorado Wonders about money for road repairs.
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March 16, 2023: New Colorado GOP chairman; Memorial for Leadville Irish miners

The last few elections have not been kind to the state’s Republican Party, but its new chairman, former state representative Dave Williams, says he’s ready to put in the work to reverse that trend. Then a CU regent remembers Pat Schroeder. Also, a memorial to Irish miners in Leadville. Plus, Denver mayoral candidates on environmental racism. And Colorado’s connection to Danny Boy.
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March 14, 2023: Remembering Pat Schroeder; Preventing HOA overreach and foreclosures

Pat Schroeder was the first woman elected to Congress in Colorado, serving 24 years. She died Monday at the age of 82. She’s remembered as a trailblazer. Then, a new state law prevents HOAs from racking up fines for minor violations and trying to foreclose on homeowners for such violations. Plus, Denver’s candidates for mayor on mental health and well-being.