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Colorado Public Radio hires award-winning arts reporter to lead new arts bureau

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – June 18, 2013 – Colorado Public Radio (CPR) announced that award-winning arts reporter Chloe Veltman will be the new editor for CPR’s forthcoming arts bureau and online arts hub.

Veltman brings more than a decade of experience to her new role, including working for The New York Times as the weekly Bay Area arts correspondent and for the SF Weekly as its chief theater critic. Veltman is also the creator, host and producer of VoiceBox, a weekly, syndicated public radio and podcast series about the human voice and the best of the vocal music scene, based out of KALW in San Francisco. Her work has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Financial Times and American Theatre Magazine among others.

“Chloe’s wealth of knowledge and passion for the arts will be paramount as we build out the arts bureau and expand coverage,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR’s vice president of news. “We’re thrilled to welcome her and can’t wait to harness her creativity and leadership as we chart the next chapter of CPR’s future by launching our first comprehensive multi-media news bureau.”

Veltman will be responsible for hiring and managing the new arts bureau’s two-full time reporters, supervising the bureau’s team of contributors and working with CPR Classical and OpenAir to ensure that arts-related coverage is distributed across all three of CPR’s services.

“I was drawn to Colorado Public Radio not only because of the organization’s existing commitment to supporting the arts, but also for its leadership and vision for how that commitment can expand to serve a larger and more diverse audience,” said Veltman. “Listeners depend on CPR to provide coverage that can’t be found anywhere else, and I’m looking forward to building on that mission by bringing Colorado’s cultural community to the forefront.”

In addition to writing about the arts, Veltman is also an active arts practitioner. She is a trained dramaturg, and has sung and played the oboe in many chamber ensembles and orchestras in the Bay Area including The International Orange Chorale of San Francisco, Convivium, Symphony Parnassus and The Mill Valley Philharmonic. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from King’s College, Cambridge and a Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Dramaturgy from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Veltman was also a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, where she focused on how to engage the community through the arts.

The arts bureau and online arts hub was made possible by a three-year, $900,000 grant from The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, with the goal of significantly increasing arts coverage of the Denver/Boulder metro area and across the state.

For more information about Colorado Public Radio, visit www.cpr.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 429,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, Fall 2011/Spring 2012). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses and foundations.

News: Denver 90.1 FM, Boulder 1490 AM, Pueblo 1230 AM, Vail 89.9 FM, Grand Junction 89.5 FM, Montrose / Craig / Parachute 88.3 FM, Gunnison 88.5 FM, Ouray 91.5 FM, Meeker / Rangely 91.1 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

Classical: Denver 88.1 FM, Boulder 99.9 FM, Pueblo 91.9 FM, Colorado Springs 94.7 FM, Glenwood Springs 90.5 FM, Aspen 101.5 FM, Western Slope 103.3 FM, Dove Creek 88.7 FM, Gunnison 89.1 FM, Cortez 102.5 FM, Crystal River Valley / Old Snowmass 93.9 FM, Thomasville 93.7 FM, and online at www.cpr.org.

OpenAir: Denver 1340 AM. Online at www.openaircpr.org.