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 All Things Considered each week day.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman is working to reach immigrant populations targeted in extortion scams.

 Top websites and tech companies are standing together in a “Day of Action” to protect net neutrality laws, which the Federal Communications Commission plans to relax.

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Elena Kagan headlined the inaugural Sandra Day O’Connor Speaker Series at the Aspen Institute Monday.

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According to city tax collections, Aspen’s lodging industry took a hit this off season. May’s overall retail sales were down a modest 4% from 2016, but lodging tax collections were down 21%. City finance director Don Taylor wrote in the monthly report that the dip is due to fewer hotel guests as well as lower rates for the rooms that were occupied. Clothing sales also dropped 10% compared to the same time period last year.

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Plans for the Gorsuch Haus hotel were put on hold this spring when Aspen City Council voted to suspend its review of the project.

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Aspen’s pedestrian malls should stay how they are for the most part, according to recent outreach conducted by the Project for Public Spaces.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams announced last week that he will be turning over all public voting records to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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The Aspen Ideas Festival swag bag has been designed by top names in fashion, Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren and Lauren Bush Lauren.

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Aspen Public Radio was proud to present our second annual Lawn Party on June 29. The event featured Joshua Johnson of 1A.

A big thanks to our sponsors for making this event a success. Sponsors included Alpine Bank, Red Brick Center for the Arts, King & Cook, which provided amazing barbecue, and Aspen Brewing Co., Suerte Tequia and Stripped Mixers, which provided libations.

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Alycin Bektesh and Joshua Johnson from 1A talk about his college years, the start of his show and free speech today.

A man attempting to hike the Maroon Bells Grand Couloir died of hypothermia according to a coroner's report.

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On Tuesday, Aspen City Council gave the “go ahead” for a mass-scale transportation experiment.

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Michaela Carpenter-Olson returned home to Aspen earlier this month. This weekend she will open the doors to her downtown business Maker and Place.

 The Aspen Institute is launching a speaker series in honor of Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

  Responsibility for implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in line with Congressional intent, rests with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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In a statement this week, the Rep. Tipton wrote that he can’t make it to all of the 29 western Colorado counties that he represents as frequently as he would like to. Instead, on Monday, anyone may dial in for a group phone call. Tipton will speak about some of his recent work in Washington D.C. and then take questions.

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The Elected Officials Transportation Committee is comprised of the Aspen City Council, Snowmass Village Town Council and Pitkin County Commissioners.

Last week, Aspen officials put a stop to a proposed entrance to Aspen plan.

 

The elected officials of Pitkin County, Snowmass Village and the City of Aspen meet quarterly to talk transportation. They were briefed by consultant Ralph Trapani, who told them that the best option for the entrance to Aspen is a route from the roundabout, through Marolt Open Space and then onto Main Street.

 

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Downtown Aspen had a special visitor Thursday morning.

Reporter Alycin Bektesh speaks with producer Christin Kay about a mid-valley effort to strengthen fire protection.

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