Alycin Bektesh

News Director

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 serve as News Director 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. In 2017 her work was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association under the category "best documentary or mini series."

Alycin reports on government affairs, local non profits, and community concerns for Aspen Public Radio.

Community development director Jessica Garrow said Monday is the initial step in what may be a long process to determine the best way to update the lift.

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Aspen residents will see a tax measure on their ballot this election. The question asks voters to approve a tax on tobacco products. Reporter Alycin Bektesh joins producer Christin Kay to talk about the reasons behind the measure, and who it might affect.

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Motorists will encounter delays in downtown Aspen today as the city works to realign a popular intersection.

Next Generation Advisory Commission is under fire after suggesting trade-downs as a way of opening up employee housing units.

Aspen Snowmass had it’s busiest September ever. For the second year in a row the resort experienced more visitors in September than it did in June.

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 The Roaring Fork Valley’s health insurance costs are already the highest in the state. Those numbers could rise again due to a presidential order signed yesterday.

 The Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority has updated its website for the first time in 15 years.

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 This fall, the Aspen Skiing Company released a new ad campaign, branding their company with the hashtag “The Aspen Way.”

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The public will have a chance to get to know the candidates for Aspen School Board Wednesday.

The Aspen City Council will vote Monday on a measure recognizing the original inhabitants of the Roaring Fork Valley.

A report showing falling test scores in the Aspen School District has brought up concerns regarding local academics.

In the past, the Aspen School District has been top rated on state and national reviews. Along with academics, it’s known for innovative extra curricular programming and high rates of graduates going on to college. But this year, the board of education received a report card of its own that shows some concern coming from community members, staff and parents.

Seniors throughout the Roaring Fork Valley have an opportunity to talk about tough legal issues and receive advice from experts.


This week, senate Republicans once again tried to end the Affordable Care Act. The replacement plan, named after authors Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy, needed 51 votes in order to pass. By Tuesday, it was clear there wasn’t enough support and so the vote did not happen.

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The city is working to make a busy Aspen intersection safer for cyclists.