Carolyn Sackariason

Former 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.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I'm Carolyn Sackariason. The Latino community makes up a sizable portion of the population in the Roaring Fork Valley. Earlier this week, the Glenwood Post Independent held the third of what’s dubbed the “Common Ground” forums. The topics was immigration.

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The former director of the Red Brick Arts Center is being investigated for allegedly stealing money from the nonprofit.

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Bear activity in downtown Aspen is at an all time high this fall, and officials are urging people to secure their trash. Bad human behavior at the recycling center on Rio Grande Place is proving to be a challenge for Liz Chapman, who is the city’s waste reduction and environmental health specialist. Each morning, she picks up garbage that bears got into. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason joined her to talk about the problem.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Joining me this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, David Krause, editor of The Aspen Times, and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Joining me on Valley Roundup this week are Aspen Daily News columnist Mick Ireland and editor Curtis Wackerle, along with Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

After 15 months, a 31-member task force has come up with a plan to significantly reduce traffic in the Roaring Fork Valley.

A New Castle man faces manslaughter and other charges after a deadly car crash that killed a Carbondale teacher last month.

 

On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for 31-year-old Jeffrey Burk. He’s also charged with attempting to influence a police officer and second-degree assault, according to Garfield County Sheriff spokesman Walt Stowe. Burk turned himself in. His bond was set at $100,000.00.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

My guests this week are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent speaking via Skype, along with Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, David Cook, co-owner of the Aspen Daily News and Rick Carroll, managing editor of the Aspen Times.

 

 

 

More changes are happening in the ski industry, and paid parking is coming to Buttermilk.

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.

 

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