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Veteran journalist joins Colorado Public Radio as new education reporter

CENTENNIAL, Colo. - July 7, 2011 – Reporter Jenny Brundin has joined Colorado Public Radio to enhance coverage of Colorado's education system. The education reporter is a new position funded by The Gates Family Foundation and The Piton Foundation.

“Jenny has deep knowledge of the challenges facing education institutions and experience reporting on issues that impact students, parents, teachers and administrators,” said Kelley Griffin, CPR's news director. “She'll contribute to listeners' understanding of the education system by providing compelling reports on topics like curriculum standards, charter school funding, vouchers, tuition hikes, and public and higher education budgets.”

“Public education in Colorado faces numerous challenges, including school funding cuts, large class sizes, measurement of student and teacher performance, and education reform,” said Brundin. “CPR already offers issue-specific coverage of health care in Colorado. I'm looking forward to helping CPR provide the same in-depth coverage of education issues.”

Brundin comes to CPR after working at Utah's KUER for more than 16 years, six of them as news director. She also served as a senior reporter for KUER, reporting on education, immigration, health care and the economy.

Brundin also spent two years as a literacy teacher working with refugees and immigrants in Alberta, Canada. She developed curriculum and taught in Canada's first program to help refugee children and teens adapt to life in Canada. Brundin holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of California-Berkeley and a bachelor's in political science from McGill University in Montreal. She is fluent in Spanish and French.

Colorado Public Radio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides 24-hour, in-depth news and music to about 450,000 listeners each week (Source: Arbitron, Spring / Fall 2010). More than 90 percent of CPR's funds come from the private support of listeners, businesses, and foundations.

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