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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.

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In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the third grade classes from Aspen Country Day school read the historic “I Have A Dream" Speech and share their own dreams.

           

Bear Matthews is the co-founder and CEO of the Tardigrade Group, an incubator which provides support and guidance to startups.  

But Bear Matthews? He's seventeen years old.  And all the startups that the Tardigrade group has worked with are run by teenagers.   

I asked him how he’s challenging stereotypes about his generation.

      

Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock host the first Mountain Edition of 2018.  And there's already lots of news this year.  

Eagle County -- with the help of Colorado State University -- is changing the way it helps abused children. Also, we take a winter hike up Red Hill in Carbondale, where The Aspen Valley Land Trust is looking to improve safety for hikers and bikers.

 

On Cross Currents today is Dr. Eric Motley, an executive vice president at the Aspen Institute.

Before he joined the Aspen Institute, he worked in the U.S. State Department and was a Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.

But he has humble roots in a small Alabama town.

 

 

 

 

 

Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you the biggest local news stories from the week.

On this week's Mountain Edition, Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you all the news from the week here in the Roaring Fork Valley.

This week on Cross Currents, reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy interviews Bronze Star recipient Stacy Bare, who is also the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors and works with its military outdoors program. 

Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the biggest local news stories from the week. 

The meager early season snow could spell trouble for avalanches in the backcountry later on this spring, and Challenge America is hosting its first ever military ski week.  

Also, some local businesses are actually winners because of the bare mountains.  

People might have their rock skis out on the hill, but there’s nothing but smooth sailing ahead on Mountain Edition.

 

 

 

The tension between the U.S. and North Korea has ratcheted up in the past year.  

On this snowy afternoon, hosts Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the week's biggest local news stories.

Laura Hadar was a professional freeride snowboarder for a decade until she retired in 2015. Now, she aims to become the first woman to ride all of Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks on a splitboard.  

No time for turkey-induced comas around here. Hosts Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you all the news from this week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

HaitiChildren provides care and education to abandoned, orphaned and disabled children in Haiti. The organization operates a rehabilitation and therapy center, schools and water projects and works to employ Haitians at all its facilities.  

Today on Cross Currents, Susie Krabacher, co-founder and CEO of HaitiChildren, and Robin Hamill, president of the nonprofit, sit down with host Christin Kay.

 

 

      

One out of every four Coloradans experience a mental health or substance use disorder every year.  That’s nearly a million of us.  

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you the news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

The news about rising premiums might be making some people a little sick to their stomach.  

So what’s causing premiums to go up? And what steps can someone take to negotiate the health insurance landscape?

Hosts Christin Kay and Claire Woodcock bring you the news from the week in the Roaring Fork Valley.

 

 

Relationships are hard work, but Lori Kret and Jeff Cole believe that work is one of the most important things people can do. They are both licensed psychotherapists and board certified coaches. Together, they began Aspen Relationship Coaching.

Hosts Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy cover the news from the Roaring Fork Valley this week. 

A Front Range community protested against fracking this week, a popular spiritual guru was in town last weekend and health insurance costs on the Western slope might be making people a little sick to their stomachs.

One of the first questions that people ask Dr. Vince Savage, executive director of the Aspen Homeless Shelter is: There actually are homeless people in Aspen?

This week on Mountain Edition, hosts Christin Kay and Wyatt Orme bring you news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Outdoor Education program at Aspen Middle School is pretty unique. Teachers lead students into the wilderness with the goal of teaching leadership, teamwork and resilience. This isn’t a club or an afterschool activity; a whole school week is dedicated to the experience. The program is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Christin Kay and Alycin Bektesh bring you this week's news from the Roaring Fork Valley.  

Ballots are in the mail for this fall's upcoming election, so let's talk local issues.  Plus, we've watched in shock as wildfires devastate California; a fire expert says wildfires are changing because of the influence of humans. Also, are e-bikes the solution to the Roaring Fork Valley's traffic troubles?  

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. RESPONSE is a local organization that supports survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. They also lead conversations about domestic abuse, sexual assault and healthy relationships.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Christin Kay and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy bring you a compilation of news from the Roaring Fork Valley.

Topics include the Indigenous People's Day resolution passed by Aspen City Council, the creation of a route for the Crystal River trail, and reactions from state senators to President Trump's statements about changes to the Iran nuclear deal, as well as other local stories.  

 

Aspen Strong’s mission is to raise awareness of and improve mental health in the Roaring Fork Valley.  The organization connects mental health resources and looks to start conversations about what it calls “mental hygiene.”

Writer Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut novel Three Rivers was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction. She’s a faculty member at Lighthouse Writers Workshop and the Lighthouse Young Writers Program in Denver.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Claire Woodcock bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

The Wilderness, Nature, and Society Seminar is a part of the Socrates Program at the Aspen Institute. This seminar is centered on readings and discussions about sustainability, environmental philosophy and ethics. Participants hike in the Colorado Rockies and stay in the 10th Mountain Division Huts. 

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