Lesley McClurg

Professional background:Lesley joined Colorado Public Radio in 2013 as a reporter and producer for CPR’s daily interview program, “Colorado Matters.” Her first gig in public radio was for KUOW in Seattle, Washington. Prior to that, Lesley spent more than three years working in public television in Seattle for KCTS 9 Public Television.In addition to her work as a journalist, Lesley also has extensive experience in documentary filmmaking and writing.Awards:Lesley won an Emmy Award in 2009. She’s also a seven-time Emmy Award nominee.In her own words…Why I became a journalist:I love being able to go straight to the source to find out why things are happening and feeling connected to the pulse of the events of the day.Why I got into radio: I began my career in documentary filmmaking and quickly learned that my attention span needs things to move faster. So, I moved to public television, but I still didn’t feel quite at home. I noticed my radio was always on, but I rarely turned on my television. There's a conversational tone in radio storytelling that feels authentic to me. Public radio finally felt like home.

  • As college tuition costs continue to rise many students are asking whether their degree is going to be worth it. Colorado’s Department of Higher Education just released a report that shows which college degree programs lead to higher paying jobs after graduation.
  • A bill making its way through the legislature has led to a fiery debate over sex education in Colorado. The bill’s proponents say not enough schools offer sexual health classes, or if they do, the content isn’t “comprehensive,” as state law requires.
  • The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Company in Denver is paying homage to the godfather of soul, James Brown. The new performance is called “Star of the Show.” Ryan Warner talks to Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeffrey Page about the world premiere.
  • According to a new Washington Post-Pew poll just a quarter of Americans are following the debate over sequestration. That is the clunky word for the $85 billion dollars in automatic spending cuts set to kick in March 1st.
  • Colorado has a sizeable research community. There are many federal organizations here, like the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden. NOAA and NASA in Boulder. Many of these researchers depend on government grants that could be cut under sequestration. Ryan Warner talks to Dr.
  • Why does the high of falling in love trigger sweaty palms, a racing heart, and rapid breathing? Why do some people attach easily after a few dates, while others run away quickly chasing new prey? Ryan Warner talks to Dr.
  • More generous financial incentives are luring Hollywood production companies to Colorado. Three new pictures are slated to shoot in the state next year. One of them is called “Dear Eleanor,” and the producer is Leonardo DiCaprio. Colorado’s film community is celebrating the projects after experiencing a virtual film desert for about the last decade.
  • City leaders of Greenwood Village don’t want recreational marijuana use in their community. They’ve passed an ordinance that makes it almost impossible to bring pot into town. The new law could be a test case for how far a local government can push against Amendment 64.
  • How far should a home be from an oil or gas well? That’s what the state’s been debating for about the last year. A commission just ruled the new distance must be 500 feet. That’s roughly the length of a city block.
  • South Sudan is the world’s youngest country. It’s now about a year and a half old, and it hasn’t had an easy start. It’s one of the least developed places on Earth. There is an ethnic conflict brewing inside the country.
  • New libraries are popping up all over Colorado. They are tiny libraries about the size of a birdhouse. The idea of little free libraries started with two book lovers in Wisconsin who had a mission. They wanted to break Andrew Carnegie’s record of creating more than 2,500 new libraries. They have surpassed their goal.
  • [Photo: CPR/Matt Herz][Photo: CPR/Matt Herz]You don’t need to be a pro cowboy, or cowgirl, to show off your rodeo skills at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. For five bucks, you can ride “El Toro” the mechanical bull.
    <p>CPR's Lesley McClurg on a mechanical bull at the National Western Stock Show</p>
<p>CPR's Lesley McClurg on a mechanical bull at the National Western Stock Show</p>
  • You don't need to be a pro cowboy or cowgirl to show off your rodeo skills at the National Western Stock Show.
    <p>CPR's Lesley McClurg on a mechanical bull at the National Western Stock Show</p>
<p>CPR's Lesley McClurg on a mechanical bull at the National Western Stock Show</p>
  • Cowgirl Alisha Wallace is one of Colorado’s rising rodeo competitors. She is a 23-year-old from Wheat Ridge, Colorado. She competed in the Martin Luther King Jr. Rodeo at the National Western Stock Show.
  • Marching bands, musicians and drill teams from all over the country are refining their moves this week. They are preparing for the 57th Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. next Monday.  One of the select groups is from Pueblo, Colorado. The troop is called the Native American Women Warriors.
  • This is the first day of the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The schedule is full of rodeos, tractor races, fiddlers, and farm animal contests. We’re going to learn what it takes to be a champion chicken from a poultry expert with over 25 years of experience judging birds.