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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.


A group that works to make childcare more affordable and accessible in the mid-valley is asking the town of Basalt to fund a study of the town’s childcare needs.

The Basalt Early Childhood Coalition is asking for $10,000 for that study.  The last needs assessment for the area was completed by Kids First, which coordinates childcare in Aspen, along with the City of Aspen, ten years ago.

Wheeler Opera House

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

mix6 / Instagram

mix6 made its debut in the new Collective building in Snowmass Base Village on Saturday. At the new restaurant, Aspen chef Martin Oswald gives diners the power to assemble their own dish.

Symphony in the Valley

Storm troopers meet sugar plum fairies this weekend for Symphony in the Valley’s concert “The Nutcracker Strikes Back.” The orchestra is made up of volunteer local musicians from Aspen to New Castle.

Aspen Words

One night, when Aspen Words executive director Adrienne Brodeur was 14, her mother snuck into her bedroom and told her that she was having an affair, and she needed her daughter to serve as a co-conspirator. For years, Brodeur kept her mother’s secret, but it took its toll. 

Kameron Blair / Thunder River Theatre Company

Country music gets satirized in the musical “The Doyle and Debbie Show,” opening Friday at Carbondale’s Thunder River Theatre Company.

The production mimics duets seen on old programs like “The Porter Wagner Show,” where Dolly Parton got her start.


The four finalists for Glenwood Springs' chief of police include one who oversaw the aftermath of a deadly shooting earlier this year and another who was recently placed on paid leave.


City of Glenwood Springs

The City of Glenwood Springs is working on improvements to the Three Mile Creek confluence area. The public can give feedback at an open house on Monday.  

Wheeler Opera House

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

Scot Gerdes

A defrocked priest, a haunted house, a séance and a girl forced into marriage to save her mother’s estate -- these are all part of Sopris Theatre Company’s new production “The Veil.”

Mark Burrows

A new Carbondale chocolate company makes an appearance at a pop-up Wednesday. Local Mark Burrows started Pollinator Chocolate just six months ago.

An organization in Carbondale helps people who are homeless shower at the local recreation center.  Now, Carbondale Homeless Assistance could receive financial support from the town to help fund the program. 

Colorado Mountain College

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

Theatre Aspen

Theatre Aspen will host a special holiday cabaret series in December.


The cabaret company includes Nikki Boxer, an Aspen native most recently seen in Theatre Aspen’s “Cabaret” and “Les Misérables;” Jonathan Gomolka, direct from his appearance in this summer’s production of “Guys & Dolls”; Sheryl McCallum, a Denver native making her Theatre Aspen debut; and Sally Swallow, a new full-time Aspen resident.


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio


In the center of the Aspen Art Museum gallery that houses Oscar Murillo's “Social Altitude,” giant black canvases are strewn around the floor. It's a work called “The Institute of Reconciliation” that Murillo says takes its cue from human migration.

The Winterstoke Film Festival brings the winning ski films from a contest for local amateur filmmakers to Carbondale this weekend for an annual winter kickoff.

Garfield County Libraries

Thursday, the Carbondale library celebrates area writers with its second annual Local Lit Fest


Eight authors will be at the library to chat about and sign copies of their books, which include fiction, local history and children’s literature.  


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Data on transportation in Garfield County that's a part of an update to the 2030 comprehensive plan gives Carbondale the dubious honor of hosting both the worst bottleneck and the intersection that's the site of the most accidents in the county. 

Michael Bonds / Aspen Chapel Gallery

The annual Aspen Chapel Gallery show “Small Wonders” features works of art that are no larger than 12 inches by 12 inches. The show's inspiration was tied to Herbert Bayer, a Bauhaus artist who spent much of his career working in Aspen.


the artist

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

Aspen Custom Vans

A camper van can get you into the outdoors, but without the time spent packing a car and putting up a tent, or the sleepless nights that might come with a surprise rainstorm.  Here in the Roaring Fork Valley, some are turning toward custom built vans instead of traditional RVs, and "van life" has broad appeal.

Morning newscast for Friday, November 15, 2019. 

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

An annual exhibit exploring the meaning of home with high school immigrants opens this weekend in Basalt. 

The 15 students are all recent immigrants from El Salvador. They’re in Basalt High School teacher Leticia Guzman-Ingram’s English as a Second Language class. She translates for one student, who explains in Spanish that this is his first time making art. 

Aspen Words

Aspen Words’ annual Literary Prize recognizes a work of fiction that tackles a contemporary social issue. The organization, along with NPR Books, has announced the titles in the running this year.  

The 16 books on the longlist for the Aspen Words Literary Prize look at everything from racial injustice, to family separation and immigration, to opioid addiction. 12 are novels, four are short story collections.  


Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Basalt is getting closer to updating its master plan, a community vision that guides the town's leadership in making decisions about land use and development. Wednesday night, residents got to throw in their chips, literally, with some ideas gleaned from previous community outreach and stakeholder meetings.

Wyatt Orme / Aspen Public Radio


The Basalt Affordable Housing Committee wants to see a new regional housing coalition succeed. At a meeting with town council on Tuesday, it asked the town of Basalt for $10,000 to help establish the coalition. 


The idea of one committee that would tackle affordable housing up and down the Roaring Fork Valley came out a regional housing study released earlier this year. 

Kevin Yatarola

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

Carbondale visual artist Wewer Keohane wants to help fund a project that uses creative expression to address mental health issues. 


Keohane credits art with saving her life. After a breast cancer diagnosis, she struggled with depression. Creating art helped fuel her will to live.  


Morning newscast for Friday, November 8, 2019. 

Klaus Kocher

Saturday in Carbondale, six locals take the stage to tell their stories of immigrating to the U.S. from Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Susana Salamun is one of the storytellers for "Immigrant Voices." She moved to the U.S. from Mexico when she was in her mid-twenties.