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 a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

A group of locals, including two former mayors, are pushing elected leaders to ban chain stores in Aspen’s downtown core. They are afraid there won’t be anywhere to shop or eat for the average person. But there could be some serious unintended consequences for the commercial landscape and the local economy.

Spaces that occupy stores like Brunello Cucinelli, Prada and Moncler were once locally serving businesses. As in, the average person could buy stuff without draining their bank account. Now, there’s an idea afloat to ban chain stores in town. Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason explores this issue with area journalists on Valley Roundup.

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

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Now that Mother Nature has awoken from her slumber, let the real skiing begin.

 

Almost a week after what was to be the official opening day on Aspen Mountain, the Aspen Skiing Co. will have to top-to-bottom skiing and riding starting Wednesday.

 

Aspen’s elected officials are inching forward with their plans to overhaul government buildings.

 

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Politics are still in play in Basalt — after two elections and the resignation of the town manager.

Concerns of conflicts of interest are being aired by elected officials in Basalt now that the former town manager is helping a developer get a residential project approved. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup is Scott Condon, reporter for the Aspen Times and Andy Stone, columnist and former editor of the Aspen Times.

You can hear more of the conversation, which includes Aspen Daily News Editor Curtis Wackerle, on Valley Roundup at 3:30 today right here on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

Welcome to a Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

 

Crimes associated with methamphetamine are making headlines in newspapers up and down the valley. But whether that indicates an uptick in crime is unlikely.

 

 Garfield County sheriff’s deputies: Accused meth dealer shoots up woman’s car

There have been some unusual arrests lately, fueled by meth. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss this growing epidemic are Jason Auslander, crime reporter for the Aspen Times, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent and Madeleine Osberger, contributing editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

 

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 p.m. today on Aspen Public Radio news.

 

 Some of the most popular mountain biking trails have been closed so five lucky hunters can attempt to bag an elk. Carolyn Sackariason has the details.

 

Aspen will once again become a dead-end town.

 

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Welcome to a Valley Roundup.

 

The results are in from Tuesday’s election. We talk nationally, regionally and locally about how ballot issues and candidate races shook out.

Local 2016 election results are in 

So, what does a Donald Trump presidential win mean for the Roaring Fork Valley?

Impact of Trump’s election echoes around the valley

 

Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss how the presidential race went in the state are Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, Roger Marolt, columnist for the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

You can hear more of the conversation on Valley Roundup at 3:30 this afternoon.

Local newspapers have made their endorsements on several ballot questions and candidates. Why should voters rely on journalists for guidance when making election decisions?

Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup to discuss that are Randy Essex, editor of the Glenwood Post Independent, Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

The tradition of newspapers making endorsements is alive and well in the Roaring Fork Valley. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup this morning are Lauren Glendenning, editor of the Aspen Times and Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News.

 

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Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news team has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

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Most everyone in the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond should have received their ballots by now. The Aspen Public Radio news teams has answers about the logistics of voting in this mail-in election.

 

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There are three seats open on Snowmass Village Town Council in this fall’s election, including the mayor’s post. Five candidates debated issues facing the resort town on Aspen Public Radio on Wednesday.

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Campaign finance reports show that valley residents are collectively supporting their candidates in the tens of thousands of dollars. Joining Aspen Public Radio’s Carolyn Sackariason for Valley Roundup this morning are Curtis Wackerle, editor of the Aspen Daily News, Barbara Platts, Aspen Public Radio’s Barbara Platts, Randy Essex, editor and publisher of the Glenwood Post Independent, and Glenn Beaton, columnist for the Aspen Times.

 

 

Welcome to Valley Roundup. I’m Carolyn Sackariason.

Accusations of corruption in the Garfield County commissioner race surfaced this week, angering one of the candidates.

Garfield Commissioner Martin repaid $1,800 to county after auditDems to Martin: Quit or face indictment

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