Christin Kay

Arts and Culture Reporter

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life.


Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to show students that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  


She came to Aspen Public Radio as a programming and content producer, planning community dialogues and town halls, and hosting and/or producing local shows Cross Currents, Mountain Edition and Valley Roundup. 


Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. A well-told story can inspire, open and connect like nothing else. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

Ways to Connect

Aspen Art Museum

The Aspen Art Museum is marking the third iteration of its yearlong exhibit "Ritual" Tuesday night with an event called a "sound bath." It’s part concert, part meditation.

Brandon Deter

Jul 16, 2018

Brandon Deter, a Carbondale firefighter, describes fighting the fire on the night of July 4th, alternating between spraying fire and houses. He says the embers falling reminded him of a snowstorm...except it was made of fire.  

Jane Parnell was the first woman to climb the 100 highest peaks in Colorado, an experience she details in her memoir. As Christin Kay reports, she’ll be discussing the book in the Roaring Fork Valley this week.

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Walker Art Center

On Sunday, attendees are invited to bring their appetites to a performance art installation at the Aspen Art Museum.  

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As the Lake Christine Fire begins to be contained, valley residents are picking up the pieces. They’re unpacking their go-bags, sweeping ash from their doorsteps and checking on their neighbors. For some, the emotions of the past week may just be sinking in. Last Sunday, the Art Base in Basalt opened its doors to the community and offered a free “Art, Healing and HOPE” class, meant to help residents relieve stress and start to heal.  

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Crown Mountain Park is usually a pretty popular place on summer evenings.  But Tuesday evening, the sidewalk is lined with people cheering and holding signs as fire trucks drive in. Firefighters wave shyly.  Some are recording videos on their cell phones.

Eagle County Public Information Officers

Eagle County Firefighters were called to a wildland fire above the Eagle Springs Golf Course in Wolcott Sunday night at 5 pm. A major power line in the area was initially threatened, and as a precaution, the communities of Edwards, Avon, Beaver Creek and Vail were notified of the possibility of a power outage. Firefighters were successful in keeping the fire away from the power lines, and as of 11:00 p.m., Incident Command did not anticipate further threat to the area’s power supply.

Six individuals and two horses were evacuated as a precaution. Crews remained on scene to monitor fire activity overnight.

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The Lake Christine fire could still burn for several weeks. The fire is burning in very steep terrain with pinyon-juniper and oak brush fuel. Oak fuel types tend to have thick leaf litter deposits accumulated over many years. This can harbor heat, and, when conditions are right, these fuels can reburn.

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio News

Featuring Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, in conversation with Joshua Johnson, the host of NPR's 1A. 

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Aspen Public Radio wants to wish firefighter Taylor Hunsaker a very happy birthday. Taylor is a father from Idaho. He’s fighting the Lake Christine Fire with the Northern Rockies incident management team. Taylor, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being here in the Roaring Fork Valley! We hope that all of your good work and more comes back to you in the year ahead.

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There will be a public information meeting Saturday, July 7th, at the Basalt High School at 5:00 p.m. Current fire information and an update on evacuation status will be provided. The meeting will be live streamed on the Eagle County Sheriff's Facebook page.

Another public meeting is scheduled for Sunday at 5:00 pm at Basalt High School. 

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Symptoms related to wildfire smoke

-Eye, nose and/or throat irritation--runny eyes and/or nose.

-Coughing, sore throat.

-Trouble breathing or tightness of the chest, which may be symptoms of a health emergency.

-The onset of symptoms related to pre-existing respiratory ailments like asthma or emphysema.

-Especially following days or weeks of smoke exposure, increased short-term likelihood of getting a cold or having similar symptoms of less effective immune responses.

-If symptoms persist or are severe, contact your primary health care provider.


Jennifer Costich is the public information officer for the Type 2 incident response team currently staged at the Eagle County Community Center in El Jebel. 


Cellist Ben Sollee bucks tradition by blending bluegrass, R&B, jazz and folk music.  He’ll play two shows in the Roaring Fork Valley this week.


Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio News

Acoustics, intimacy, clarity: One could argue that how and where we listen to music is as important to the experience as the music itself. “The orchestra has to feel the audience, the audience has to feel the orchestra,” said architect Frank Gehry on his design of the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin, which opened in 2017. “When they do that, the orchestra plays better, and the audience hears better.” What is it about design that brings music to life?  


Aspen Ideas Festival

The spring of 2013 marked the 15th anniversary of the US invasion of Iraq, and the war in Afghanistan has gone on long enough that children born after 9/11 are now old enough to enlist in the military. Is there any path out of conflict for Iraq and Afghanistan — for the United States, or for the citizens of the war-weary countries?

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A new fashion collection commissioned by the Aspen Art Museum will be on display Monday night. Artist Cheryl Donegan’s garments are inspired by New York City street art.  

Welcome to the beginning of another week in the Roaring Fork Valley! This is Week in the Arts, a curated list of upcoming exhibitions and events.

Aspen Ideas Festival

   Atlanta-based defense attorney and #BillionDollarLawyer Drew Findling shares the stage with his client, international hip-hop star Kiari Cephus — known onstage as Offset, one third of the music trio Migos — to discuss the intersection of criminal justice, race, and hip-hop. These issues, common themes in hip-hop music, reflect deeply rooted societal schisms which play out endlessly in the collateral consequences of criminal conviction and mass incarceration.