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.

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

Topics include:

  • The vice president of the united states visited aspen over the weekend

  • An elected official is giving away money

  • Northstar Nature Reserve may no longer be the party spot of past year.... .

  • A choreographer returns to Aspen

Photo by Matt Ferro

  Vice President Joe Biden closed out the 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival Saturday.

A main theme that emerged over the past nine days at the Aspen Ideas Festival was the concern about an intense polarization in the United States. Biden had the final word on that point. He thinks that politics are particularly divided right now and he is concerned about this election.

 

Aspen is no longer a one grocery store town. Clark’s Market opens its doors today after a 14-week remodel.

The signature event, the 2016 Afternoon of Conversation hosts an audience of more than 2,000 in the Benedict Music Tent. From criminal justice for the most vulnerable, to space exploration, to the changing Supreme Court, to artificial intelligence, and the state of the Grand Old Party, big thinkers and doers engage in serious ideas about their work and our collective future.

Young adults from across the globe gathered in the St. Regis ballroom earlier this week for the first ever program aimed at igniting a segment of the population to become more involved in the world. It’s part of the Aspen Ideas Festival, and is geared to those between 14 to 21 years old.

 

Aspen Public Radio|Ryer Gardenswartz

Having served as advisor under four different Presidents, both Republican and Democrat, there are few more acquainted with the demands of the office than David Gergen. Join Gergen and NPR’s Renee Montagne to explore which leadership qualities the next president needs most in order to succeed.

The first of our live broadcasts for the Aspen Ideas Festival took place Thursday, June 23. It was titled "The Future of Medicine."

We caught up with each of the candidates to hear about why they are running for Pitkin County commissioner and how long they've lived in Aspen. Watch the video below to find out more.

Patrick Fort|Aspen Public Radio News

We’ve reached a point in civilization where there is no place on Earth that a human hasn’t influenced. It is up to us now to keep as much as possible wild.

 

 Greg Poschman, Scott Writer and Hawk Greenway are all longtime valley residents vying for the Pitkin County commissioner seat. Aspen Public Radio has profiled each candidate and asked them where they stand on some of the biggest issues facing the county. Here's what they said.

    

      

  In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

Our reporters were out in the field for one of the biggest foodie weekends of the summer. Find out where they were, what they were doing and who they met.   

Credit Elise Thatcher

A 58-year-old man died after a rafting accident in Aspen on Wednesday. The rafter died after falling from a raft into the Roaring Fork River.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is three days away. Around town, businesses are preparing for one of the busiest weekends of the summer.

"The Fate of Our Public Lands,"  a live broadcast with editors of High Country News took place Friday, June 10, 2016. at 6:30 p.m.  It was a lively discussion about the Sagebrush Rebellion and what it means for the future of the West. Panelists included: Brian Calvert, Jonathan Thompson, Elizabeth Shogrun and Jodi Peterson – editors at High Country News. To hear the full discussion, click the play button below.

The city of Aspen hosted an ice cream social at Bugsy Barnard Park Wed., June 1, to get feedback from the public about the new configuration of Castle Creek Bridge.

In this week’s Mountain Edition, hosts Barbara Platts and Elise Thatcher present a compilation of the week’s news.

SEASON 2 | LAUNCH PARTY

 JUNE 16 | 1PM HOOCH | ASPEN 

BELOW MEAT AND CHEESE  

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC    

Celebrate the return of Invisibiliia with the first-of-its-kind National Listening Event! Bring a lunch from upstairs or a brown bag, grab a drink below and cozy up to hear Episode One of Invisibilila, Season 2 before the official drop June 17. On a single day – June 16, 2016 – member stations and listeners across the country will gather for fun, intimate Listening Parties. Join us! The bartender will be waiting.

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