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.

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Aspen City Council wants to know if there’s a need for the Wheeler Opera House to build additional space in the next 20 years. The community can give their input at a meeting Thursday.

Wheeler executive director Gena Buhler says she’s torn about whether bigger is better for the venue.  It might sell out when town is busy, but the off-season is a different story.

Sylvia Johnson

A film screening and discussion in Carbondale Wednesday looks at the journeys of people who fear for their lives in their home countries and seek asylum in the U.S. "Seeking Refuge" includes two short documentaries by Carbondale-based filmmakers.  


Sylvia Johnson’s film tells the story of two African refugees, one from Guinea and the other from the Congo. She met them volunteering in New Mexico at what many call an immigrant detention facility, and what she calls a prison.


The Basalt Public Arts Commission (BPAC) wants to distribute $40,000 to artists through a new grant program.

BPAC is responsible for Motio 2.0, the large, colorful metal sculptures installed around town.

The arts commission wants to see more public art and worked with the Basalt Town Council earlier this year to create the grant program.  




In Tayari Jones' acceptance speech for this year’s Aspen Words Literary Prize, she said, "So many of us who want to write, and engage the issues of the day, we’re encouraged not to. We’re told that’s not what real art does. An award like this, I think it encourages all of us to keep following the strength of our convictions."

Her novel "An American Marriage" touches on an unjust criminal justice system, racism, marriage and intergenerational relationships.


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

Morning newscast for Friday, May 24, 2019. 


Luis Jaramillo is the first Aspen Words writer-in-residence of 2019.

Jaramillo is best known for his 2012 book “The Doctor’s Wife,” a collection of vignettes about three generations of a family.  

During his residency, he’s working on a novel called “The Witches of El Paso,” which is set both in Texas and Juarez, Mexico. As the title suggests, there are witches and worshippers of Santa Muerte, the goddess of death.



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Eagle County has decided that fire restrictions will be automatically triggered anytime there’s a Red Flag Warning in the area.


The National Weather Service issues Red Flag warnings when low humidity and strong winds form ideal conditions for wildfires.


Update: 11:56 a.m.: One lane of westbound I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is now open.  The right lane remains closed due to rockfall.  

Both lanes of eastbound I-70 are open. 

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

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Carving out time for creative writing can be tough. Sharing it with others can be downright terrifying. A group in Glenwood Springs wants to be a safe place for any writer.

“Your Story, Your Life” includes everyone from retirees reflecting on their lives to people who’ve left the office for a few hours. They all come for the sense of community, no matter who they are and where they are on their writing journey.

David Dowling / Joy of Motion

A choreographer and dance professor at CU Boulder visits Carbondale this weekend. Helanius J. Wilkins’ work challenges stereotypes of black men, portraying them as vulnerable, creative and complex.

He says it’s not enough for dance just to be movement for movement’s sake.

Mark Duff

Mark Duff is a retired Basalt High School science teacher, who's now a published author.

His first novel, "This Ruler," is set in a fictional high school where standardized testing has run amok.  

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Democratic house representatives Julie McCluskey and Dylan Roberts and Republican Perry Will emphasized how cooperation between the parties led to a productive session.

They told an audience of nearly 25 at the Basalt Library last night that of the 400 bills passed, nearly all had bipartisan support.

Rocky Mountain Preschool Coalition

On Tuesday, Basalt hears from a group trying to solve one of the toughest problems facing the Roaring Fork Valley: affordable and accessible early childhood education.


They're proposing a special tax district from Aspen to Parachute to fund preschool for all kids.  



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

Renee Prince / VOICES

Twelve local women banded together to create an original performance that opens in Carbondale on Friday.

The production highlights their stories and calls attention to a gender gap in the performing arts.

Twenty percent of the plays produced in the U.S. over the past three years were written by women.  




New York’s Summation Dance is driving cross-country, exploring political divides. They’re in Carbondale this weekend.

Their travels and conversations are the raw material for a performance still in the making.


Before House Bill 1262 passed a week ago, Colorado only covered about half the cost of full-day kindergarten. Parents and schools made up the difference.  

Starting next year, kindergarten will be entirely funded by the state, and, on Wednesday, the City of Aspen celebrates the move.


Aspen Art Museum

Richard Carter worked as Bauhaus master Herbert Bayer’s studio assistant in the 1970s.

Carter will speak about working with Bayer, who he calls the greatest graphic artist of the 20th century, Tuesday at the Aspen Art Museum.  


Bayer had a hand in many different projects in Aspen, designing the Aspen Institute campus, posters and buildings for the Aspen Skiing Company and commercial art for local organizations.