Alycin Bektesh

Reporter, Host

Alycin Bektesh is an award-winning multimedia journalist recognized for her public affairs reporting and newsroom leadership. She is a Colorado native, growing up in Boulder and Fort Collins before heading to Vermont where she obtained her undergraduate degree in Photography and Playwriting in 2006.

She then spent three years in New York City running the studios at PhotoManhattan photography school and working as a photographer and columnist for Brooklyn culture magazine Pomp & Circumstance.

In 2010 Alycin obtained her Masters Degree from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism, and went on to lead the newsroom of WFHB Bloomington Community Radio for the next five years.

In her time as a journalist, Alycin has won numerous awards for her reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists, including being recognized for producing 2014’s Best Newscast and Best Election Day Coverage in the state of Indiana. Alycin has also been recognized by the Association of Women in Communications and was named the 2015 Emerging Leader by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women for her work in mentoring young female journalists and covering issues of social justice and inequality.

Alycin reports on government affairs, local non profits, and community concerns for Aspen Public Radio, and can be heard hosting Morning Edition each week day.

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  The Grand Traverse backcountry ski race from Crested Butte to Aspen begins Friday at midnight. Two-person teams will make the overnight, 40-mile trek over the Elk Mountains, with the fastest teams sliding to the base of Aspen Mountain around 7 a.m.

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 Real estate sales fell 30 percent in Aspen and Snowmass in 2016, but overall was still a $1.45 billion industry.

On this week's show, Jim Horowitz, CEO of Jazz Aspen Snowmass, Shawna Rahm, Director of Catering at Hotel Jerome, and  Vince Savage, Executive Director Aspen Homeless Shelter.

The Pitkin County Board of County Commissioners are formally welcoming the Trump children to town with a full page ad in today’s local papers.

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The City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission will look to protect five landmarks this week, in an effort to “lead by example.”

The Red and Yellow Brick buildings in Aspen’s West End, the original Aspen Mountain Rescue headquarters, a log cabin on Cooper Street and the downtown pedestrian malls are all being considered for the “Aspen Modern” designation.

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  The FIS World Cup Finals are in Aspen for the first time ever this week, but for nearly 70 years, Aspen’s place among the international ski racing circuit has defined the world-renowned resort.

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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is leading a march in Washington D.C. Friday to demonstrate their continued efforts to meet with President Donald Trump. Locally, the valley’s Ute Tribe representatives will gather to show their solidarity.

  The Aspen Institute is hosting two traffic-experts in an open lecture Thursday about new solutions to the upper-valley’s congestion problems. Reporter Alycin Bektesh has been covering the Institute’s Community Forum on Transportation and Mobility and joins news director Carolyn Sackariason in conversation about the upper-valley’s long standing traffic woes.

The results of a public outreach campaign regarding new affordable rental housing in Aspen are in and on display as of Wednesday.

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   As the City of Aspen lays the groundwork for an overhaul of the historic pedestrian malls, input is sought from the public.

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News Director Carolyn Sackariason speaks with reporter Alycin Bektesh about a proposed chain store ordinance that has its second reading in front of Aspen City Council Monday night.

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Aspen Public Radio’s reporter and All Things Considered host Alycin Bektesh explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

 Pitkin County Health and Human services director Nan Sundeen has been in her position for 25 years.

  Faced with the need for an additional 100 beds a year over the next decade, the Aspen Skiing Company hired a specific project manager just to work on solutions for housing employees.

  Tonight may be the public’s only chance to weigh in in person about a proposed chain store ordinance in Aspen.

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  Diversifying the economy is one of the top 10 goals for the City of Aspen. Mayor Steve Skadron sees the increased popularity of “uphilling” – both done in the winter on skins and snowshoes, and in the summer on bicycles – as a way to add new local industry, without requiring new development.

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Pitkin County has hired Janine Barth as its new veterans services officer.

  The Roaring Fork School District announced yesterday that around 30 teachers could be cut from the system this year.

 The Gorsuch Haus development proposal brought scores of public comment to the Aspen City Council this week. There are those in favor of the new hotel and chairlift, others object to the size of the development.

Occupancy records were again set last month in Aspen and Snowmass, but that streak is slowing down as the winter wears on.

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