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

At a community meeting Wednesday night, officials from Eagle County and the Rocky Mountain Team Black incident management team said they were adding more air support to battle the Lake Christine Fire.  

Author Kevin Fedarko is Aspen Words’ Writer-in-Residence for the month of July. Fedarko’s first book “The Emerald Mile” came out in 2015. It was a bestseller about three river guides who made the fastest trip in history on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. He’ll discuss his writing in Aspen Wednesday evening.

The Temporary

Meta Sarmiento is a Filipino poet and rapper.  He’ll be a guest judge at a poetry slam at the Temporary on Wednesday.

Anderson Ranch Arts Center

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Wei Wei became famous for works criticizing the Chinese government. He paid a high price for standing up to the authoritarian regime; he was imprisoned, and now lives in exile in Berlin. He continues to use his art to address issues ranging from freedom of expression to the refugee crisis.  

Ai Wei Wei spoke with Alexandra Munroe, a curator of Asian art at the Guggenheim museum, last week at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Christin Kay / Aspen Public Radio

Rocky Mountain Team Black, the type 2 incident management team now managing the Lake Christine Fire operations, held a community meeting on Friday at Basalt High School, their incident command post.  

Operations section chief Rob Berger described the work done to protect structures in Cattle Creek. He said crews are cutting fire hand lines by Seven Castles and the Frying Pan river to direct the fire away from homes, should it move in that direction. That work will continue on Saturday.  


Ai Wei Wei Studio

Artist Ai Wei Wei became famous for works criticizing the Chinese government. He paid a high price for standing up to the authoritarian regime; he was imprisoned, and now lives in exile in Berlin. He continues to use his art to address global issues, ranging from freedom of expression to the refugee crisis.  Ai Wei Wei spoke at Anderson Ranch Arts Center recently and said human connection and communication are central to his work.

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.

Ryer Gardenswartz / Aspen Public Radio News

The nation’s second most senior law enforcement official describes the work of the Attorney General’s Cyber-Digital Task Force and makes an exclusive policy announcement. A panel of prominent former government officials and industry leaders reacts to that announcement.

Jeremy Swanson

The annual Deaf Camp benefit returns to Snowmass on Saturday. The event raises funds to bring children who are deaf and hard of hearing to the Roaring Fork Valley for outdoor adventures.


Jul 17, 2018

Danielle and her family live in Missouri Heights.  They remember being evacuated at 1 a.m. on July 5th. The young children recall watching the fire start while jumping on their trampoline. They recount their time spent in the evacuation centers and how they had to manage.

Christian Mendez

Jul 17, 2018

Christian Mendez stayed at the Red Cross evacuation center at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale during the Lake Christine Fire. He describes coming back home to find holes burned into his clothes from the fire's embers.    

Chris Stoner

Jul 17, 2018

Chris Stoner's home in Old Snowmass was threatened by a wildfire in 2004, and the Lake Christine fire brought back memories of being evacuated.  She's now housing the animals of evacuees on her ranch.  She says the community's reaction after the fire has made her "love where we live even more now." 

Wild animals lost over 6000 acres of their habitat to the fire. Angie Riley, her son Sawyer and her daughter Kieley were driving near Spring Park Reservoir during the fire when they saw a fawn stuck in an irrigation ditch.  Sawyer and Angie say they didn’t hesitate before jumping in to free the deer.   

Suzanne Kelly

Jul 17, 2018

Suzanne Kelly was evacuated from El Jebel.  After a jarring wake-up call telling her to leave, she didn't think her house would be standing in the morning. She describes packing a “mishmash” of items, including one shoe.  She says that the fire has brought her much closer to her neighbors and community, and how thankful she is for all of the first responders. 

Kristin Santos

Jul 17, 2018

Kristin Santos lives on Hill Crest Drive. She talks about the police knocking on her door and telling her she had five minutes to leave her house. After quickly packing up her essentials, she didn't know what the future would hold. She thinks back on the entire experience and is now more prepared for any future disasters.   

Terry Christiansen

Jul 17, 2018

Terry Christiansen, a resident of Elk Run, describes being able to feel the heat of the fire.  She packed her mother’s ashes as she gathered belongings when she was evacuated.  She says she’ll never forget just how close the fire was and how many people it affected.

Penney Evans Carruth

Jul 17, 2018

Penney Evans Carruth is the former board chair of Aspen Public Radio.  From her home in Missouri Heights, she recalls watching the fire crest over the hill at the exact same moment firefighters started a controlled burn to try and contain it.  She says, “It was a thermal vortex.”

Alan Fletcher

Jul 17, 2018

Alan Fletcher is president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School.  He lives in Missouri Heights. When he got the evacuation notice, he says, he had to go around his house “deciding what is precious.” 

Greg Sugars

Jul 17, 2018

Greg Sugars, from Aspen Junction, relies on his prosthetics to walk.  He recalls how that made both of his evacuations even more difficult.  He also talks about facing a dilemma common to Lake Christine evacuees...what to do with his pet. 

Cerena Thomsen

Jul 17, 2018

Cerena Thomsen lives in Basalt.  She came out of City Market on July 4th and saw the fire cresting over El Jebel. That's when everything clicked and she knew this was really happening. She accounts the roller-coaster of emotions that occured as she was forced to stay with friends during her evacuation.