Megan Verlee is an editor with Colorado Public Radio. She joined CPR in 2008 and has worked as a general assignment reporter and legislative reporter.

Professional background:
Megan Verlee joined Colorado Public Radio in the spring of 2008, just in time to report on Colorado’s important role in the presidential election. As the station’s general assignment reporter she covered everything from conservation programs on the eastern plains to natural gas development on the Western Slope.

Before coming to CPR, Megan spent several years reporting for public radio station WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina. She got her professional start at NPR, editing and producing for “Morning Edition” and “Talk of the Nation.” Her work has appeared on numerous national radio programs and in several magazines.

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in sociology, Columbia University.

Awards:
Since joining CPR, Megan has won a number of awards, including first place from the Colorado Broadcasters Association for the “Biography of a Bill” series and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Use of Sound in the 2012 “Getting Hands on at Colorado Gators.” She also received an award from the Associated Press for use of sound in a story about people raising livestock in urban areas.

In 2013, Megan’s story about Fairplay’s world championship pack burro racing took home a PRNDI Award for Best Nationally Edited Soft Feature, and she also participated in the State Integrity Investigation, which won a 2013 national Edward R. Murrow Award for Network Radio Investigative Reporting.

Prior to joining CPR, Megan received six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her work at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Q & A

Why did you become a journalist?
I took my first radio class freshman year of high school and was hooked. For one assignment I had to interview other students about their experiences with the school. We had just been through Rodney King and O.J. Simpson, and in my angry, highly divided urban school, students of different races did not talk to each other. But when I had a microphone in my hand, everyone would talk to me. In two weeks of interviews I learned things about life in my school I never would have otherwise. I knew then I always wanted to have that power to ask questions, and the privilege to hear people’s answers.

How did you get into radio?
It’s always been radio for me. I’ve done some magazine work in recent years for the fun of it, but really, I’m crazy about sound; it engages your imagination in ways I don’t think either print or video can.

How did you end up at CPR?
Both my parents are from Colorado and so even though I was raised in California, I’ve long thought of the state as home. Reporting’s what I’ve always wanted to do and Colorado’s where I’ve always wanted to live. It just took a while for the job and the geography to align.

  • Hopefully– following this interview– our first guest is going to be able to get some sleep. CPR’s Megan Verlee has been keeping some odd hours over the last four months.
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  • After four months of activity, the chambers of the General Assembly are quiettoday.  The session that wrapped yesterday was contentious.  But according tolawmakers, also productive.  CPR’s Megan Verlee was there from beginning to end, and looks back.
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  • The General Assembly wraps up its 165th session today.  Lawmakers have considered around 800 pieces of legislation so far.  Colorado Public Radio’s Megan Verlee has followed one of those bills every step of the way through the process.  House Bill 1238 aims to cut down on roadkill by creating a new type of wildlife crossing zone.  And today we learn

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  • Since the start of the DNC, local law enforcement is out in force – on foot, bikes, horses, and motorcycle – often weighted down with a wide array of mysterious equipment.
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  • Denver spent millions of dollars and put numerous new procedures in place for the possibility of mass arrests during the DNC. But the system was only tested once, with sweeping arrests on the Convention’s first night.
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  • An ounce of gold today costs more than twice what it did five years ago.That rise is reviving Colorado’s historic goldfields. But a lot has changed since the state’s last mining boom and some new residents are wary of welcoming the industry back. KCFR’s Megan Verlee has more. View photos.
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  • Long before the legislative session started, medical marijuana advocates,opponents, and lawmakers began trying to hammer out rules for the boomingindustry.  Now, with only a few days left in this session, those regulations have passed what may have been their finalmajor hurdle.  CPR’s Megan Verlee reports. Read the bill here.
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  • Thousands of residents eliminated from Colorado’s voter roles in the last six months will be able to cast their ballots in the upcoming election under a deal struck in federal court last night. KCFR’s Megan Verlee reports on the trial and its implications. Read the full text of the agreement and the original complaint.
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  • Colorado voters faced the longest ballot in the nation yesterday, and in the end rejected almost all the constitutional amendments it contained. But they still demonstrated their support for the amendment process.KCFR’s Megan Verlee rounds up the elections winners and losers.
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  • More than 50-thousand Coloradans cast provisional ballots on election day because of questions about their voter registration. One group says Colorado isn’t doing enough to address those questions – before or during the election. KCFR’s Megan Verlee reports.
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  • For several years now, controversy has dogged the organic dairy industry over how some large producers based in Colorado treat their animals. Now the USDA is revising the rules for organic livestock. But changes meant to ensure happy cows have organic producers very unhappy. KCFR’s Megan Verlee reports. Read the draft rule. Story images.
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  • The recession is making it harder for Colorado’s small businesses to get bank loans and cutting into their customer bases. Now the state is trying to help its home-grown enterprises weather the economic chill with a series of small business survival workshops. KCFR’s Megan Verlee went to one in Denver and has this report.
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  • The holidays are a time when people usually loosen their purse strings. But not this year. As job losses mount and retirement savings shrink, people are buying less stuff. Understandable, but it’s worrisome for the economy as a whole. KCFR’s Megan Verlee looks at what consumer frugality means for the economy.
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  • From backyard bees in Denver to a flap over chickens in Longmont, Colorado cities are part of a growing push to allow more livestock in urban areas. KCFR’s Megan Verlee got a taste of this trend in her own Denver neighborhood and has this report.
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  • In classrooms and movie theatres, at the state Capitol and in skyscraper lobbies, Coloradans gathered to watch the swearing in of their new president. KCFR’s Megan Verlee has more.
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  • The number of people applying for food stamps in Colorado increased by 20 percent in the last year. But for many of those seeking help, the wait between putting in an application and getting assistance, can be months. That delay violates federal rules and has one group considering legal action. KCFR’s Megan Verlee reports.
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