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.

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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One of the tracks at this year’s Aspen Ideas Festival is “Reimagining the Internet”. News Director Carolyn Sackariason attended two sessions this week that were focused on living in a surveillance economy, and how to protect our personal information.

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.

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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.

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