Barbara Platts

Digital Content Manager

Barbara moved to Aspen more than three years ago after graduating from Emerson College in Boston with a journalism degree. She grew up in Boulder, making frequent trips with her family to Aspen, no matter the season. Her time on the east coast was gratifying, but despite her attempts to ignore it, the mountains were calling her and she had to go back.

Since moving to this mountain haven, Barbara has worked with Ecoe Marketing and O Communications, which taught her a great deal about public relations, branding and advertising. In 2014, she took a job as the associate editor and marketing coordinator for Aspen Magazine, where she helped manage editorial content as well as sales materials, advertorials and events.

For the past two years, Barbara has branded herself as an expert on millennial living in Aspen, producing a weekly column called Aspen Untucked for the Aspen Times Weekly. Last year, the Colorado Press Association acknowledged her beat with six awards in the Colorado Press Better Newspaper Contest.

In her spare time, Barbara enjoys getting out on the mountain, be it on skis or in hiking boots. She’s always ready to say yes to any adventure in the outdoors and can typically be found cross country skiing on the golf course with her adorable one year old puppy, Cassius.

Aspen has felt like home to Barbara since she first learned how to ski on the slopes of Buttermilk at age four. She cares about the community very much and is a board member at the Aspen Historical Society, Marshall Direct Fund and Action for Afghan Women, all nonprofit organizations based in Aspen. She’s thrilled to start working with Aspen Public Radio, a nonprofit that provides such an invaluable service to our community.

Candidate Survey

Apr 12, 2017

  

Aspen’s spring elections are coming up on May 2, and eight candidates are running for office. We interviewed all of them and also requested that they fill out this survey. Hear and read their answers right here, on Aspen Public Radio.

Mammoth Resorts

The Aspen Skiing Co. has been on a spending spree this week, scooping up more than a dozen destination resorts . The investment is well over $2 billion dollars. Yesterday, SkiCo announced it is buying California-based Mammoth Resorts on Monday, it was Intrawest Resort Holdings.

Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, announced Tuesday that he  is resigning. He will leave his post at the end of the year. In January, he will permanently move to his native New Orleans to become a professor of the history department at Tulane University.

On this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Claire Woodcock present a compilation of the week’s news.

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Aspen Public Radio’s new producer, Christin Kay, explained why she’s so passionate about supporting public media.

President Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Stay updated on what's going on at the base of Buttermilk for X Games 2017.

 

Donald Trump will give his inaugural address after being sworn in as president of the United States on Friday afternoon. NPR's politics team, with help from journalists across the newsroom, will be live-annotating his remarks.

A famed holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life was originally released in 1946. Produced and directed by Frank Capra, it’s based on the short story The Greateset Gift

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The Pitkin County Emergency Dispatch Center hired a new communications director this month, but they are still operating with only half of a staff.

 

 PRESS RELEASE FROM CITY OF ASPEN:

The City of Aspen announced today that Assistant City Manager Randy Ready, who has been with the City since 1993 and in the Assistant City Manager position since 1996, has submitted his resignation in order to accept the position as Frisco’s Town Manager.  Ready’s last day will be in early January.

The Aspen Institute is hosting its first community forum on transportation and mobility.

 

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 A group of locals and visitors attended a cooking class at Meat and Cheese Tuesday evening. The restaurant offers one each month, and this time was, of course, Thanksgiving themed.

Theatre Aspen announced Monday that the organization’s big summer production will be the Tony Award-winning musical Hairspray.

 

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The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is improving its baggage screening system by enlarging the conveyor belt used to screen bags once they’re checked in.

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The nonprofit organization Carbondale Arts is trekking ahead with their mobile maker space, a yellow school bus that will travel to schools from Aspen to Parachute to provide art education.

Nonprofit Aspen Youth Center celebrated its 25th anniversary last week. Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts spent some time at the center and talked with the executive director and a longtime board member to hear about the organization’s history and where it is today.

Check out the unofficial election results on a local, regional and national level.

Keep up with results on a national, regional and local level by following the Aspen Public Radio News team on social media. All of our tweets, posts and shares will be available in a stream in this story.

 

Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

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