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.

  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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Aspen City Council is taking another look at a large development proposal for the base of Aspen mountain Monday night.

  On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme present a compilation of the week’s news.

A group of Roaring Fork locals will join a national day of action in support of Planned Parenthood this weekend.

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The building that housed Boogies’ Diner, one block from the Gondola in Aspen, is as classic as the milkshakes and burgers it served for decades.

Public land near Carbondale will go into private holdings this week.

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The Aspen Historical Society’s annual education series, Time Travel Tuesdays, begins Tuesday night.

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Aspen Gay Ski week has come and gone — but its impact on the community is felt year round.

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  Less than a year after freezing all land use applications in downtown Aspen, the city’s Community Development team has accomplished nearly all it set out to do.

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Prospective candidates for Aspen City Council and mayor can now throw their hat in the ring for this spring’s election.

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This weekend, female skiers and snowboarders were included in Aspen’s X Games Big Air for the first time. Aspen Public Radio’s Alycin Bektesh spoke with the athletes about breaking a glass ceiling on the snow.

  Joining guest host Alycin Bektesh this week are  Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Elizabeth Milias who runs The Red Ant, and Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

Within the last week, local “thought leaders” came together to ponder the future of commercial regulations in Aspen, and the Aspen City Council passed four ordinances they hope will redefine the resort mountain town.

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Among the half million citizens who traveled to Washington D.C. last weekend for a protest march after the Trump inauguration was valley resident Mitzi Rapkin. She was in tears after the presidential election. In the following days when the women’s action march was announced for the inaugural weekend, she didn’t think twice about joining in.

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Beginning today, world-class skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers will jump, flip and twist through competitions at the bottom of Buttermilk Mountain. It's the 16th year that Aspen hosts the Winter X Games, but don’t expect more of the same.

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