New Opportunities Arise as KRCC Joins Collaborative Efforts

91.5 KRCC, Colorado College’s NPR-Member Station, has recently united with five other public radio stations in order to launch a regional news consortium called the Collaboration in the Mountain West. This journalism collaboration covers unique issues in the rural and urban areas of five mountain west states: Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana. The participating stations are Boise State Public Radio, KUNC in Greenly, Colo., KUER in Salt Lake City, Wyoming Public Media, and Yellowstone Public Radio. Reporters from each station will be managed by an editor from Boise State Public Radio covering regional issues.

The grant given to support this new consortium has allowed 91.5 KRCC the opportunity to facilitate a long-term vision to share regionally focused news content surrounding resource management, issues of growth and expansion in the rural west, and topics of western culture and heritage across the region. The editorial partnership will allow the stations to share content on these areas of news across their media markets. The collaboration also provides the radio stations with the ability to work closely with national media distributors, such as NPR, APM, PRI, and PRX.

Most notably, the grant has afforded 91.5 KRCC the opportunity to hire award-winning reporter Ali Budner. Budner comes to 91.5 KRCC from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she reported on a variety of topics, ranging from environmental issues and public health to homelessness and immigration. Prior to joining 91.5 KRCC, Budner worked with The Kitchen Sisters, KPFA radio in Berkeley, Calif., and KALW radio in San Francisco. She was a managing producer for KALW’s daily live public affairs call-in show, “Your Call,” with Rose Aguilar for five years. The Nation magazine claims that it was “the most valuable local radio show in the country.”

While at KALW, Budner also reported and co-produced an hour-long documentary, “The Race to an Emergency,” about the 911 emergency response system in Oakland, Calif. The film received several national awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for best radio news documentary in a large market. Budner’s reporting has also been featured on PRI’s “The World,” NPR’s “Latino USA,” and WHYY’s “The Pulse.” Budner will contribute stories to 91.5 KRCC that focus on land and water issues, growth, and Western culture and heritage, as reported by Colorado College’s website.

Julia Tarantino

Julia Tarantino

Julia Tarantino, is a senior Environmental Policy major at Colorado College. She first started contributing to the news section of The Catalyst in the Spring of 2017. In conjunction with her work at The Catalyst she also interns at the Colorado College Fine Arts Center, working to conceive and implement interactive educational programs within the museum. Her diverse background and interest in writing has allowed her to interact with a variety of events as a writer for The Catalyst, which she hopes to continue to cultivate post-graduation.

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