Jess Hazel Named Morning Edition Host on KRCC

Colorado Springs, Aug. 25, 2022 - KRCC is pleased to announce its new local host of Morning Edition. Jess Hazel comes to KRCC from Yellowstone Public Radio and starts Sept. 1. 

"I'm excited to welcome Jess to KRCC,” said Andrea Chalfin, managing editor of KRCC. “Their passion for being a morning host and speaking with the listeners is really clear, and I know they'll be a great addition to the news team."

Hazel has been working in eastern Montana as a Morning Edition host and reporter since graduating from journalism school at the University of Montana in 2018. They have reported on criminal justice, education and environmental science. For a recent story, which aired nationwide on All Things Considered, they followed a high school biology class on a trip to Yellowstone National Park

“I can't wait to meet the people of Southern Colorado,” said Hazel. “I’m looking forward to building connections with listeners through a shared appreciation for storytelling and public radio.”

NPR’s Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country, and it airs on KRCC weekdays from 4-9 a.m. Throughout the show, which features reporting from around the world, local hosts share stories and information with listeners. Hazel will guide listeners in Southern Colorado through the program starting in the 6:00 a.m. hour. View KRCC’s full schedule here

Media inquiries: Clara Shelton, cshelton@cpr.org. Photos and graphics related to this release are available here

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