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.

Aug. 10, 2023: Ensuring transparency in the Capitol; Unity through poetry

Just how transparent are the workings inside the state capitol? Despite having one of the most stringent Open Meetings Law in the country, lawmakers still manage to do a lot out of the public eye and it’s led to lawsuits. Then, achieving unity through poetry. Also, why knowing your breast density could save your life. And a troll is moving into the hills west of Pikes Peak.

Aug. 9, 2023: Working to ensure water equity; ‘Denver Star’ preserves Colorado history

When it comes to water, Lorelei Cloud says Indigenous tribes like the Southern Ute don’t just use water; they protect it and treat it with reverence. As the first Indigenous member of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, she is hopeful about ensuring equity in water rights. Then, a pest is threatening one of Colorado’s most beloved crops. And preserving history with “The Denver Star.”

Aug. 7, 2023: What’s next for sexual abuse cases after ruling; A violinist’s journey back from broken

Survivors of sexual abuse are figuring out their next steps after the state supreme court struck down part of a law meant to help them. Then, she was on track to be a professional violinist until debilitating performance anxiety put a wrench in her dreams. Her journey Back from Broken. Plus, love is in the air at the Renaissance Festival! And a rare bloom in Boulder.
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‘Play at its core will bring people together’ — the challenges and solutions to create inclusivity in sports

One of the organizations that took part in the recent Project Play summit in Colorado Springs is the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. Chandra Thomas Whitfield spoke with president and CEO Megan Leatham, about the challenges and solutions toward achieving inclusivity in sports, and about overcoming the undue pressure that’s often inflicted on children to win.

A walk in Five Points

The historic Five Points neighborhood in Denver is known for its legacy of jazz music. But it’s much more than that. It’s also a vibrant business and entertainment district with a longstanding spirit of entrepreneurship. Colorado Matters host Chandra Thomas Whitfield toured the area with Haroun Cowans, the newest chair of the Five Points Business Improvement District.

July 20, 2023: Sunny days are nice, but for people of color and skin care, the outlook isn’t always so kind

If you’ve spent any length of time in Colorado, you probably love the mountain views, the outdoor recreation, the low humidity and the daily sunshine. But the latter is often not so kind to the largest organ on the body, our skin. And people of color say they struggle even more with the effects of the arid air. Here’s what a Denver woman did to address the problem.

July 13, 2023: A push to launch LGBTQ+ astronauts; Winter Park Jazz Festival celebrates 40 years

Space may be the final frontier, but some feel it hasn’t been quite as accessible to LGBTQ+ people. Jason Reimuller, the Executive Director of the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences, is on a very personal mission to change that. Then, the Winter Park Jazz Festival, once a sleepy mountain get-together, celebrates its 40th anniversary in grand style with an all-star lineup.

‘Out Astronaut’ hopes to break barriers to reach the final frontier

There has never been an openly gay American astronaut in space. One Colorado non-profit organization provides grants to encourage LGBTQ+ people to explore the fields of science and space. Jason Reimuller is the executive director of the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences and founder of the Boulder-based nonprofit Out Astronaut which is working to increase representation in the industry.