Meet Our Reporters

Colette Czarnecki

Colette Czarnecki’s goal is to connect people through significant stories deep within communities. Currently, she freelance writes for local publications along the Front Range in Colorado. Previously she interned with the Boulder Reporting Lab while finishing her graduate studies in journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder. She enjoys creative outlets and hiking with her dog.

A week with Next Gen Radio

I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend NPR’s Next Gen Radio mentorship project. My desire to continue learning more about journalism and audio has been invaluable to me. I experienced in depth the feel of a newsroom, which is exactly what I wanted...

Kiara Demare

Kiara Demare is a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is passionate about sharing stories from her community. She is a reporting intern at KGNU community radio and the head editor of a student multimedia music publication, “Crave The Sound.” Previously, she was an intern for Boulder’s local newspaper, “The Daily Camera.” She was born and raised in Colorado but has never skied or snowboarded. She just built a trampoline in her backyard and is excited to jump on it.

My week of chaos

This week really showed me just how much I can push myself, and how many ideas I can articulate and complete within a short amount of time. There’s a countless number of things I learned through this process. But above all I learned to trust myself – with a lot of help, of course. With a focus on time management and balancing multiple aspects of a project, I learned a lot, not only journalism wise, but about myself too.

Victoria Hathaway

Victoria is an education advocate and higher education leader from the East Coast. Her goal is to tackle controversial issues of higher education through media and storytelling through journalism. She has been fortunate enough to lead nonprofits and work across colleges and universities throughout the United States. Presently, she is a board member for Colorado Ivy+ Women, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni Association, and volunteers locally for Arts from Ashes. As a follower of the Catholic faith, she is proud to cover this story with NPR NextGen Radio Project uncovering Sister Nancy’s mission and the impact of climate change on her work and the communities of immigrant farm workers she serves.

Making Audio Magic in Five Days with NPR’s NextGen Radio

On day one, driving down south to Pueblo, Colorado, I did know what to expect or what would unfold. When I met the subject of my story, Sister Nancy Crafton, we hit it off immediately. Her friendly and calm demeanor allowed our conversation flow effortlessly. The 55...

William Oster

William Oster is a senior at CU Boulder majoring in journalism and political science. His goal is to inform his community about the longstanding effects policy and legislation have on the personal lives of listeners and readers. He is currently a managing editor at the CU Independent and was previously the publication’s breaking news editor and a general assignment reporter. William is from Longmont, CO, and can often be found cooking shrimp pasta and hate-watching The Bachelorette.

Tripping into sucess

When I began this week, I could feel my heart beating in my throat. I was still in disbelief that I had been accepted into Next Gen, but actually being in CPR’s office and immersed in the newsroom with established journalists? My brain completely short circuited and it wasn’t even day one.

Isaac Vargas

Isaac Vargas is a graduate from the University of Denver with majors in Political Science and Journalism. His goal is to add his voice to the community of young Latino journalists in Colorado. He previously taught high school Spanish in the Boston area for KIPP Public Charter Schools. Isaac is from Aurora, Colorado and feels most at home near the Rocky Mountains.

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