KGNU broadcasts a mix of local, state, national and world news, philosophical and cultural programs, and eclectic music. In order to achieve our mission to amplify underserved voices through the production of diverse programs, KGNU works through a participatory media lens, inviting and training others to join the mission. Four years ago we launched an equity reporting initiative and a broader media training program to prioritize local reporting in Boulder County. KGNU serves Boulder, Denver and much of the northern Front Range of Colorado.
Emily Capetillo covers housing challenges in Denver, Colorado for KOA radio, a news, talk and sports station. A first-generation college graduate, she recently earned her degree at the University of North Texas. As a podcast intern at KERA, the NPR affiliate based in Dallas and serving North Texas, Capetillo wrote and narrated for “Consider This.” She is a native of South Texas, and got her start in journalism in college when she covered local news in Denton, Texas, including stories about affordable housing, decriminalization of marijuana, nonprofits and COVID-19. In her spare time, Capetillo enjoys cooking, taking care of her plants and journaling.
Jesse Bedayn reports on Colorado’s Statehouse with a focus on housing for The Associated Press. A second-year corps member, he previously covered California’s wealth inequality for The Mercury News and CalMatters, connecting policy decisions to the voices of those impacted on the ground. An investigation by Bedayn exposed how low-income seniors become stranded in nursing homes and how their pleas for help go unanswered. That investigation was carried over from his work at the Investigative Reporting Program and as a stringer for The New York Times. He holds a master’s degree in narrative writing and investigative reporting from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Kent in England. Having grown up in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bedayn can be found bumming around the wild or woodworking.
Kylea Henseler covers county government for the Ouray County Plaindealer in Ouray, Colorado. Before this, she reported on Miami Beach city government for Miami Today, and pitched in on feature stories about education, health, transportation and the environment. A graduate of the University of Miami, she was the executive editor of Distraction, a student-run lifestyle magazine, and contributed photos and reporting on a variety of topics, including the struggles of new teachers, the lineage of local drag families and volunteers who turned a Miami dump into a mountain bike park. In her downtime, Henseler enjoys training jujitsu and biking.
The Associated Press is a global news agency that began 172 years ago as a cooperative of five New York City newspapers. With 263 locations in more than 100 countries, AP provides journalism to roughly 15,000 media outlets around the world. AP sets standards for ethics and excellence, and has won 52 Pulitzer Prizes, including the 2016 gold medal for Public Service for an investigation into labor abuses in the seafood industry, reports that freed more than 2,000 slaves. AP’s seven news bureaus in the northeast U.S. provide vital local and regional news to 378 newsrooms.
KOA Radio, FM and AM, is a news, talk and sports station in Denver and along with the iHeartRadio app, this news organization prides itself on being Colorado's information station—Colorado's Morning News is its best-rated show. The mission is to be fair, fast and dependable when delivering news to the listening area, and its work has won Murrow and Marconi awards.
The Ouray County Plaindealer publishes a weekly paper and its news site and e-newsletter also provide vital, reliable information to this rural part of Colorado. Maintaining high standards for accuracy and fairness, its goal is to contribute to a vibrant, informed community by serving a narrow niche—primarily covering news in a county of 5,000. The publishers were recognized with the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists’ Keeper of the Flame Award in 2021 for their tenacious advocacy for the public’s right to know and hold government accountable.
Olivia Sun is a photojournalist with the Colorado Sun in Denver, covering statewide politics, education and the environment. Before this, she spent two years in her home state at the Des Moines Register photographing daily news, focusing on economic disparities, investigations and coronavirus coverage. Sun holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, and while studying journalism and film she interned at The Chautauquan Daily in western New York, the China Daily in Beijing, and NPR's science desk in Washington, D.C. Sun's coverage of the 2020 caucus season has appeared in Liberation, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and more.
The Colorado Sun was founded in September 2018 as a journalist-owned, reader-supported, nonpartisan news organization dedicated to producing in-depth coverage that sheds light on important places, policies and people in Colorado. We emphasize coverage of issues and places that often don't get as much attention from others. Our mission is to produce statewide coverage for Colorado's 5.8 million people. The Sun is a Public Benefit Corporation that always puts service first.
Liz Teitz covers housing affordability for the Ouray County Plaindealer, a weekly paper that’s been publishing for over a century in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado. Teitz previously covered higher education and state politics for Hearst Connecticut Media Group through the Hearst Journalism Fellowship. She has also covered education for the San Antonio Express-News, and written about local government, schools, courts and disaster recovery in Southeast Texas for the Beaumont Enterprise. Teitz grew up in Rhode Island and has a B.A. in American Studies from Georgetown University.