Aspen Public Radio welcomes Caroline Llanes as new general assignment reporter
Aspen Public Radio has announced the hiring of Caroline Llanes as a general assignment reporter, a new position created to expand local reporting within the station’s budding newsroom. Llanes was previously an associate producer for WBUR’s Morning Edition in Boston. She begins Feb. 14.
Llanes is no stranger to the Roaring Fork Valley; although she originally hails from San Diego, she grew up visiting the area annually during family ski vacations. She fell in love with journalism while studying history at the University of Michigan; Llanes was a public media intern at Michigan Radio, and also served as a copy editor and columnist at The Michigan Daily.
“I feel so fortunate to be able to join Aspen Public Radio during this time of growth and promise for the station,” says Llanes. “I’m truly passionate about being able to dive into important issues that really matter to both locals and visitors alike, whether that’s the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, wildfire coverage, and everything in between. Being able to share accurate, crucial information for this unique community is a huge honor.”
Llanes joins an award-winning news team, which includes the newly-appointed Edlis Neeson Arts & Culture reporter, Dominic Anthony Walsh, who has already had his coverage of January’s X-Games Aspen featured nationally on NPR newscasts; beloved Morning Edition anchor Eleanor Bennett, who continues to host the station’s daily local newscasts, ski report, and outdoor report Monday through Friday, along with contributing weekly feature reporting–including a story on methane leaks at Coal Basin which was broadcast throughout the region as part of a Rocky Mountain Community Radio network collaboration; general assignment reporter Halle Zander, whose recent feature on local resident J.F. Bruegger’s 1A lap challenge saw some of the highest digital and social media engagement in the station’s history; and veteran local journalist Brent Gardner-Smith, who returned to Aspen Public Radio in Aug. 2021 to provide experience, expertise, and leadership as the station’s news director.
“We're growing,” says executive director Breeze Richardson. "And really, it's all thanks to our listeners, who make us a part of their daily lives. We've been here for over forty years as your NPR station, and being able to shepherd this next generation of public radio journalists right here in our community is an immense privilege and responsibility. We’re so thankful to be able to share every amazing facet of news and happenings this valley has to offer. The future of Aspen Public Radio is bold and bright."