Carolyn Sackariason

News Director

Born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis, Carolyn Sackariason started her journalism career in 1995 as a reporter for a daily newspaper in Fairmont, Minnesota. After a short nine months of covering that small-town farming community, she jumped at the chance to move to the Roaring Fork Valley and become a reporter at the Aspen Daily News.

She eventually was promoted to editor and remained at the helm until she was tapped to be the publisher of the Snowmass Sun in 1999. Sackariason was there until 2001 when another opportunity presented itself. The owner of the Daily News and its former general manager asked her to come to Santa Monica, Calif., and start a daily newspaper there. She remains co-owner of the paper, which is now in its 13th year. She moved back to the valley in 2006 and worked briefly at The Aspen Times as a reporter and business editor. But independent journalism called her back to the Daily News, where she went through her second stint as editor in 2010.

This is her first foray in radio and took the job of news director of Aspen Public Radio in January 2015.

When she is not toiling away in the studio and on the beat, Sackariason spends her time on the mountains, hiking and skiing, and rafting the Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers in the summer, along with her daily morning golf rounds.

Taking down the old Grand Avenue Bridge is proving more difficult than expected. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, David Krause, editor of the Aspen Times, and Roger Marolt, columnist for the Snowmass Sun and the Aspen Times.

 

 

  The busy summer months in the upper valley are coming to an end. News director Carolyn Sackariason has been digging into summer occupancy numbers for both Aspen and Snowmass. She discusses them with producer Christin Kay.

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Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News. I’m Carolyn Sackariason and you are listening to Valley Roundup, an analysis and commentary of the week’s news with writers and editors. We continue our conversation with Jason Auslander, reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Springs Post Independent and Lorenzo Semple, columnist for the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

The Aspen Skiing Co. has released its 2017-18 season pass prices.

A 57-year-old woman from the Front Range fell to her death on the north face of North Maroon Peak over the weekend.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Now that an affiliate of the Aspen Skiing Co. has closed on the sale of Intrawest and Mammoth Resorts, many are waiting for the equivalent of Vail Resorts’ Epic Pass to be offered for the 16 ski areas we are now linked with.

And leading up to the deal, which is worth of billions of dollars, the SkiCo had its sights set on a much smaller piece of the ski industry pie.

Motorists can expect major traffic delays at the entrance to Aspen this week.

 Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

 

Joining me in the studio this week are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner Smith, executive director of the nonprofit, Aspen Journalism. Then later I talk with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

 

 

Aspen City Council is setting its goals for the next two years in a multi-day retreat.

 

 

 Aspen’s elected officials are contemplating their top 10 goals for the next two years. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of the nonprofit, Aspen Journalism.

To hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, tune in this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt spoke last week at the Aspen Institute about the state of journalism and why it’s important. This morning on Valley Roundup, listen to an excerpt of his talk with Aspen Institute Vice President Elliot Gerson.

You can hear the full "Future of News" discussion on this website.

 

Mountain Rescue Aspen volunteers will resume their search for a climber who went missing last September.

  

This week, we talk with the publishers of Aspen’s two newspapers about the future of news and local journalism. They share their views on a discussion held earlier this week at the Aspen Institute featuring David Leonhardt from the New York Times. He says journalism may be in its golden age right now but there are challenges facing local organizations.

Editor's note: This story was created last summer by APR intern Ryer Gardenswartz. Scott Whitlock has since passed away. 

 The future of news has some bright spots and some dark valleys, according to media observers. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Times publisher Samantha Johnston and Dave Danforth, owner and co-founder of the Aspen Daily News.

To hear more about the media landscape, which includes Aspen Daily News contributing editor Madeleine Osberger, tune in today at 3:30 p.m.

 

It’s summer, which means that visitors and locals alike are flowing into the backcountry.  This also means that Mountain Rescue Aspen is getting busier, and they’ve made some high profile rescues recently. News Director Carolyn Sackariason sat down with Jeff Edelson, president of the nonprofit, to discuss safety precautions that can be taken before heading into the backcountry.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me in the studio this week are Jason Auslander, a reporter for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News. And later, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent will join me via Skype.

 

 

Police are getting closer to identifying the suspect who slashed a $3 million painting in an Aspen gallery.

The community of New Castle was spared earlier this week when firefighters were able to contain a wildfire before it spread to nearby homes but other Colorado towns are facing more serious threats.

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The Trump Administration says it is “committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national security” and that “the world will be more peaceful and more prosperous with a stronger and more respected America.” Others have called Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris agreement, waffling commitment to NATO, and abandonment of the TPP dangerous acts of isolationism that will create a vacuum of American leadership, and openings for others to reorder the world.

 

The annual Aspen Institute Ideas Festival made local and national headlines all week, and there's plenty going on in the communities of Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this week are Carla Jean Whitley, an editor for the Glenwood Post Independent via Skype, and Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times Managing Editor Rick Carroll in the studio.

 

 

 

 The annual Aspen Institute Ideas Festival is in its ninth day and has been making local and national headlines all week. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times managing editor Rick Carroll.

 

 

 

 

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