“Today more than ever, journalism should spur political and social action.”  That’s according to Richard Tofel, president of independent news organization ProPublica.

Tofel helped found the nonprofit in 2007 to fill the gap in investigative reporting created when news organizations started to cut their budgets. 

Tofel is in Aspen Tuesday. He'll discuss the press’s role in a democracy, as well as the challenges of today’s news market, with Aspen Journalism’s Brent Gardner-Smith.

Valley Roundup: Why journalism matters

Jul 21, 2017

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt spoke last week at the Aspen Institute about the state of journalism and why it’s important. This morning on Valley Roundup, listen to an excerpt of his talk with Aspen Institute Vice President Elliot Gerson.

You can hear the full "Future of News" discussion on this website.


Personal privacy front and center at Ideas Fest

Jun 28, 2017
Carolyn Sackariason / Aspen Public Radio news


One of the tracks at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival is “Reimagining the Internet”. News Director Carolyn Sackariason attended two sessions this week that were focused on living in a surveillance economy, and how to protect our personal information.

Pete McBride

Incentives from the federal government for farmers who grow crops like cotton are contributing to the depletion of the Colorado River. A Propublica report this spring investigated the issue. The article’s author was at the Aspen Ideas Festival Tuesday (6/30). Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports.