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.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me in the studio this week are Brent Gardner-Smith, executive director of Aspen Journalism and Andy Stone, former editor of the Aspen Times, as well as Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent speaking via Skype.

Hanging Lake, a popular hiking trail in Glenwood Canyon, has fallen victim to over-use. And now commercialism has compounded the problem.

Aspen Ideas Festival

The 12th annual Aspen Ideas Festival kicks off Thursday. Although passes have been sold out for months, there are still plenty of opportunities to attend the dozens of public events taking place over the next week.

Pitkin County Sheriff Joe DiSalvo has expanded his annual fundraiser benefiting a mental health crisis center. It’s part of an effort to broaden its reach in a community that sees the highest rate of suicide in the state. The Sheriff’s Cup for Hope is more than a golf tournament — it now includes a 5K run, community picnic and yoga, family oriented activities and more. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason sat down with DiSalvo to discuss why this fundraiser is so near to his heart.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

 

Joining me this week are David Krause, editor of the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun, and Olivia Oksenhorn, Aspen Public Radio’s summer intern.

 

 

 

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be busy this summer improving road conditions up and down the valley, which means that commuters will have to feel some pain first. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Times Editor David Krause, along with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent and Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and the Snowmass Sun.

 

 

The city of Aspen is beginning to fill up, with the Food and Wine Classic kicking off Thursday. Most businesses consider this weekend to be the unofficial start to the summer season.

UPDATE June 14, 2017: The 8-year-old boy's name was released by the Garfield County Coroner's office today. His name was Noah Ragon; he was a resident of Highlands Ranch, CO.

President Trump’s assault on the media has prompted strong reaction from journalists and those who support a free press all over the country. This morning, we hear a rebroadcast of Valley Roundup recorded 40 days into Trump’s presidency.

Aspen Public Radio

The numbers are in on how the Aspen Snowmass resort did this past winter season. And it wasn’t too bad, despite lackluster snowfall. Aspen Public Radio News Director Carolyn Sackariason covers the ski industry and breaks down the numbers for us. Listen here.

 

 Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week to discuss the week’s news are Aspen Times editor David Krause, Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle and Carla Jean Whitley, features editor of the Glenwood Post Independent.

 

 

There’s a chirping crisis in downtown Aspen that city officials are hoping will fly away.

City is looking to quell new Main Street ‘chirping’ signals

 

Today’s commercial real estate market in downtown Aspen indicates that collecting rent is not a motivator for some landlords. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason on Valley Roundup this morning are Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle and Aspen Times Editor David Krause.

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today, which includes Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me this week are Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News, in the studio, along with Carla Jean Whitley, features editor of the Glenwood Post Independent via Skype.

 

Aspen police are looking for an unidentified suspect who ran into an art gallery and slashed a $3 million painting.

 The ski industry saw a slight increase over last season but there’s still plenty of room for growth. Meanwhile, Glenwood Springs is dealing with its own growing pains. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason via Skype this morning on Valley Roundup is Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at Glenwood Post Independent, along with Aspen Times reporter Jason Auslander and Aspen Daily News contributing editor Madeleine Osberger in the studio.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 A local arts nonprofit is under investigation by Glenwood Springs Police as it prepares to close its doors for good. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason via Skype this morning on Valley Roundup is Carla Jean Whitley, features editor at Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Times columnist Roger Marolt and Mick Ireland, columnist for the Aspen Daily News at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Newspapers traditionally endorse political candidates during election season. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup about why a newspaper’s opinion matters in elections are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News and Roger Marolt, a columnist for the Aspen Times.

Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron has joined 17 other elected officials around the state urging Colorado’s congressmen to support the Bureau of Land Management’s methane rule.

A letter signed by 18 mayors of cities and towns around the state was sent yesterday to Senators Cory Gardner and Michael Bennet. The letter states how the rule ensures fair return to taxpayers, improves our air quality, and cuts energy waste.

Nancy Rice, the chief justice of the Colorado Supreme Court, was in the Roaring Fork Valley earlier this month. She met with the local bar associations and visited the courthouses in the Ninth Judicial District. She also spoke with Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason about pay raises for judges and how local rulings are handled in Denver.

 

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