Jeff got his start in public media as a volunteer, working to save KSJD from going off air. He was hired as the first GM/ED, reportedly because he wore a necktie to the interview, not a T-shirt, shorts and Chacos (the customary uniform in SW Colorado). Happily, he now has more pairs of Chaco sandals than neckties.
Pope led a team of volunteers and staff to conceive of and build the KSJD Community Media center--an innovative media making space that houses KSJD’s studios and the Sunflower Theatre, a 100 seat venue that serves more than 5,000 patrons each year and making a big impact on Cortez, Colorado's downtown business district.
During his tenure, KSJD launched a local news bureau, finished in the top 10 of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert contest, expanded the signal area to cover the entire Four-Corners Region, launched two podcasts (Mesa Verde Voices and the Raven Narratives) and increased assets from $0 to $1.5m and annual operating revenue from $20,000 to $550,000 in one of the smallest markets in the nation.
Jeff also served as president of the board for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters from 2014 to 2016 and President of the Board of Rocky Mountain Community Radio for six years. During that time, RMCR, implementing organizational transformation to increase quality of content and collaboration and setting the groundwork for ground-breaking journalism in Colorado Statehouse.
Originally from St. Louis, he worked as a community organizer, public relations consultant and organic farmer before moving to Colorado in 2003. He holds a BA in History and Spanish from Missouri State University and an MA in International Relations from Webster University.
Pope has traveled and worked in Latin America, including supporting recovery after Hurricane Mitch in Honduras and community development work in Chiapas, Mexico.
He and his family live in Dolores, Colorado where they enjoy whitewater, trails and tacos.