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.

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.

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

A local arts nonprofit is in a bit of turmoil with the resignation of its executive director and now, there’s a police investigation. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup is Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Times reporter Scott Condon and Managing Editor Rick Carroll with Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News at 3:30 p.m. today.

 

This is Aspen Public Radio. I’m Christin Kay. Aspenites are deciding now and in coming weeks who to elect as mayor and who fills two council seats. There’s been a few public debates and the candidates are starting to show their colors. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason moderated two debates and has attended others.

 

After four years in office, Aspen City Councilman Art Daily who is running for another term, is finally receiving emails that are being delivered to his government account.

On Monday, the city of Aspen’s IT department began forwarding Daily’s emails to his private business account at the law firm, Holland & Hart, LLP The move is in response to the revelation that Daily has never looked at his City of Aspen email account.

Aspen’s elected officials are considering two proposed laws that combat tobacco use. One of them would prohibit the sale of all tobacco products to individuals under the age of 21. Right now, you only have to be 18 to buy tobacco in Colorado.

The matter was originally brought forward by Dr. Kim Levin, Pitkin County’s medical officer, and representatives of the Preventing Tobacco Addiction Foundation. It’s part of an initiative called “Tobacco 21”.

The second ordinance sets out a licensing program for businesses that sell e-cigarettes.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

The Aspen Skiing Co. shook up the industry this week with its announcement that it was buying two resort companies — Intrawest and Mammoth.

SkiCo and KSL to acquire Mammoth Resorts

SkiCo: Intrawest purchase does little to Aspen Snowmass operations

The Aspen Skiing Co. announced this week two pending acquisitions that will change the resort industry landscape if they go through. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup are Jason Blevins, staff writer for the Denver Post, Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News and David Krausse, editor of the Aspen Times.

 

 

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent at 3:30 p.m. today..

 

The $1.5 billion deal that has Aspen Skiing Co. and a private equity firm

  buying Intrawest Resort Holdings rocked the ski industry when the announcement came on Monday. But, the acquisition of the mountain resort and adventure company won’t change how SkiCo operates at home.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Residents in Glenwood Springs have elected a new city council. And with the new majority, expect changes afoot, especially as the issues on both ends of the valley become more connected.

Fraud within Aspen’s affordable housing program has spurred debate about its merits in general. Speaking with News Director Carolyn Sackariason this morning on Valley Roundup are Aspen Times columnists Roger Marolt and Glenn Beaton, along with Aspen Daily News editor Curtis Wackerle.

Aspen Film’s 26th annual Shortsfest kicks off on Tuesday. The 6-day festival offers drama, comedy, animation and documentary films that are all 40 minutes or less.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Councilman Bert Myrin received a tongue lashing from the mayor earlier this week when he suggested a lease for an art gallery be shortened in an effort to keep a level playing field.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

It’s becoming routine for elected officials in Pitkin County to go out of their way to send a message to visiting family members of the president.

The young men facing multiple felony charges for allegedly robbing a convenience store in Carbondale are being investigated by Las Vegas Police. Carolyn Sackariason reports.

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