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Local reporter Kaya Williams will join Aspen Public Radio as Edlis Neeson Arts & Culture reporter

Kaya Williams
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Kaya Williams will join the Aspen Public Radio news team as Edlis Neeson Arts & Culture reporter to cover the comprehensive landscape of our Valley’s arts and culture scene.

Aspen Public Radio is pleased to announce the hiring of Kaya Williams as the station's newest Edlis Neeson Arts & Culture reporter. She moves into her role starting today.

Williams is a local journalist who previously worked at The Snowmass Sun and The Aspen Times. She grew up in Lake Tahoe (Tahoe City), Calif. and graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism and a minor in history. During her studies, she helped run the arts and multimedia departments for the school’s student newspaper, The Daily Free Press.

She has experience in audio production from time spent working with the podcast team at the food media company America’s Test Kitchen (home to the popular PBS cooking show of the same name) and also as an intern with both WBUR’s “Endless Thread” and WGBH’s “Innovation Hub” programs.

“I fell in love with this Valley for its creative, adventurous, and ambitious community,” said Williams. “I cannot wait to tell more stories about this extraordinary place through the voices of its people. I'm looking forward to learning and growing with the empathetic, enthusiastic team at Aspen Public Radio.”

Outside of the newsroom, Williams is an avid skier, trail runner, and vintage cookbook collector.

"Kaya is an accomplished reporter we are thrilled to be adding to our team," says executive director Breeze Richardson. “She really understands the comprehensive landscape of our Valley’s arts and culture scene, and has done some phenomenal reporting since moving here in 2020. We’re so excited to welcome her to our newsroom, especially in a time when independent, local journalism is as important to our community as ever.”

Williams will join Aspen Public Radio News Director Brent Gardner-Smith, Morning Edition anchor and reporter Eleanor Bennett, All Things Considered anchor and reporter Halle Zander, and reporter Caroline Llanes.

You can listen to the award-winning work of Aspen Public Radio’s local news team on-air from 7-9am each weekday, during Morning Edition, and from 4-6pm, during All Things Considered. You can also listen to the Local Newscast, a compilation of each morning’s newscasts presented as a single file, available at aspenpublicradio.org or by subscribing to the “Aspen Public Radio Newscast” as a podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Stitcher.