Christin Kay

Programming and Content Producer

Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of stories, ideas and experiences in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio for her whole life. Born in Denver, she attended Kansas State University as an undergraduate and Regis University for her masters degree in Education, Learning and Teaching. She was in the classroom for 14 years as an English teacher, working to help her students explore deep connections to important ideas and to show them that their voices mattered. A teaching opportunity at Aspen High School brought her to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time in 2011. It was love at first sight, and she’s still in a bit of awe that she can call this place home.  

 

Christin refuels by skiing, biking, hiking and just breathing in the mountains. Her newest adventure is becoming a mom in November of 2016. She lives in Carbondale with her husband Jeremy, her son Weston and her dog Yalla. She loves to talk books and podcasts, so if you have a recommendation for her, let her know!   

Interesting stories, and how they are crafted, are at the heart of what Christin loves about public radio. She believes that a well-told story can inspire, open and connect. She is honored to be a part of Aspen Public Radio and to have the opportunity to bring stories from the Roaring Fork Valley to life every day.

Ways to Connect

Ann Mullins and Ward Hauenstein fought their way through a crowded field to be elected to Aspen City Council. Mullins was elected in the first round of voting. Hauenstein was elected Tuesday night by a narrow margin of just 29 votes in the runoff election.

Christin and Alycin Bektesh sat down to talk about sthe mood on election night, big decisions facing the council and what the new dynamic might bring.

      

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme bring you a compilation of the week's news.  

Our guest today is Dr. Julianne Holt-Lunstad, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Brigham Young University. Julianne studies the effects of social relationships and social isolation on health and longevity.   

Her research has found that loneliness can be just as unhealthy as smoking and obesity, and she’s encouraging the medical community to consider the importance of relationships when talking to patients.  

             

A slew of changes are coming to the Aspen Pitkin County Housing Authority, the first of which passed last week. APCHA raised the asset cap for applicants. Alycin Bektesh covers housing issues and tells us what's in the works. If you're looking at affordable housing in Aspen, you want to hear this one.

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Elizabeth Stewart-Severy and Christin Kay bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

Our first guest is Steven Keating.  When a tumor was discovered in Steven’s brain, he wanted to know everything he could about it, even choosing to stay awake during the surgery that removed the mass. But getting information about his own treatment was much more complicated than he anticipated. His experience led him to become a patient advocate.  He now works on technology that would make medical data more accessible and easier to understand for patients themselves.  

The Dial- May 24, 2017

May 25, 2017

  The numbers are in on how the Aspen/Snowmass resort did during the 2016-17 ski season. And it was a story of feast or famine. News Director Carolyn Sackariason covers the ski industry. She breaks down the winter occupancy rate for us and lets us know just how busy we can expect it to be this summer.

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On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Wyatt Orme bring you a compilation of the week's news.  

We speak to Dr. Andrew Morris-Singer, president and founder of Primary Care Progress, or PCP.  His organization provides leadership development and training to primary care doctors. Part of this training is centered on how a focus on collaboration and relationships can help doctors treat patients more effectively.

The Dial- May 19, 2017

May 22, 2017

If you’re a person suffering from a mental health crisis in Colorado, you could end up in jail, even if you aren’t charged with a crime. Governor John Hickenlooper recently vetoed a bill that would have allowed people on a mental health hold to stay in jail or in a hospital for a longer amount of time than is currently allowed.

 

Christin talks to reporter Wyatt Orme about how this veto highlights the lack of psychiatric care available in rural areas like the Roaring Fork Valley.

  

 

 

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Wyatt Orme and Carolyn Sackariason bring you a compilation of the week's news. 

The Dial- May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017

Aspen Skiing Company is working on a new master plan that includes the best of both worlds- upgrading a much-discussed chairlift, while also honoring history by reopening a beloved on-mountain restaurant. Christin Kay talks with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy about how this plan could shape the mountain for the next two decades.  

  

This week we talk to Dixon Chibanda, a psychiatrist and researcher at the University of Zimbabwe.  He focuses on community mental health and developed the "Friendship Bench" community mental health intervention.  It's now been scaled up to over 70 primary care clinics in Zimbabwe.  

The Dial- May 11, 2017

May 15, 2017

The Aspen City Council is looking seriously at changing the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, a move that could lead to voters deciding whether to increase taxes on tobacco sold in the city.  Christin discusses what this might mean for both Aspen's city budget and local businesses with reporter Alycin Bektesh.

 

On this week's Mountain Edition, hosts Alycin Bektesh and Claire Woodcock bring you a compilation of the week's news.   

We talk with Ngozi Erondu, an assistant professor at the London School of Hygiene and Topical Medicine and co-founder of the Global Bridge Group.  She is an infectious disease epidemiologist and global health policy expert. Her research looks at where "gaps" happen in health systems, things that might prevent people from receiving treatment if health workers don't have the resources they need.  

The Dial- May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

Even though the section of the Roaring Fork river that flows through Aspen is rushing as snow melts in the high mountains, state and local officials say that low flows are a problem here.  Christin and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discuss what this means and some creative solutions that might help keep the river healthy. 

Hosts Alycin Bektesh and Christin Kay talk with Minda Dentler. When she was an infant in India, she contracted polio, which left her legs paralyzed.  She was adopted into an American family.  Minda began competing in triathlons, using a handcycle and a racing wheelchair.  In 2013, she became the first official female handcyclist in history to complete an Ironman Championship.  She's also a passionate advocate for global immunization and polio eradication.   

 

 

RTW: Election Results

May 4, 2017
Aspen Public Radio News

  Aspen’s election results were announced this week. It’s no surprise that Mayor Steve Skadron will retain his seat over challenger Lee Mulcahy, but no one knew what to expect from the crowded city council field.

Producer Christin Kay speaks with news director Carolyn Sackariason about the results.

How are local environmentalists responding to new threats to the natural world?  Christin and Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discuss the Earthjustice event hosted by Wilderness Workshop.  

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