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Gavin Dahl

News Director & Morning Edition Host

Gavin Dahl is a writer and producer with a passion for community media. He joined the staff of KVNF in the summer of 2020 and has since won awards and recognition for his reporting from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Previously, he was station manager at KDNK Carbondale, led the Open Media Project for Government and operated The Colorado Channel for the nonprofit Open Media Foundation, and served as station liaison at the nationally-syndicated program Alternative Radio with David Barsamian. Other stops along his path include serving as community broadcast coordinator for the nonprofit Common Frequency, reaching millions of readers as a junior editor at RawStory.com, launching a news department at KYRS Spokane, recruiting and training dozens of volunteers at KRBX Boise, working in production and music staff roles at KAOS Olympia, and producing on-air campaigns for Seattle's Air America Radio affiliate. Along the way his writing has been published by The Montrose Press, The Sopris Sun, Boulder Weekly, Raw Story, Radio Survivor, Boise Weekly, and The Austin American-Statesman. He graduated from The Evergreen State College with a BA in media production and community organizing. 

Email: gavin@kvnf.org

  • On this week's show, Gavin Dahl interview James Pagliasotti, a longtime music critic at the Denver Post now writing and living in Oregon, about his book What it Was: Growing Up When the Music Mattered. Plus, Colorado Sun editor and co-founder Larry Ryckman shares his latest column, I’m a journalist and still an optimist, from Writers on the Range.
  • Potter Bill Wilson joins Gavin Dahl at Studio M to reflect on decades making art in Montrose and talk about his next chapter, moving to Manitou Springs to spend more time with his grandkids. Plus, 11 percent of Colorado kids live in poverty. Kaleb Roedel reports for the Mountain West News Bureau.
  • There is a new program launching across the state, including here on the Western Slope, called the Colorado Healthcare Corps placing 100 Americorps service members at nonprofit health providers. Gavin Dahl speaks with Maria Fabula from the Community Resource Center, based in Denver. Plus, Kate Redmond has a short piece about the multi-generational Paonia Players who will be part of Cherry Days this summer.
  • Jordan Campbell of Ramro Global, dedicated to crisis reporting and worldwide humanitarian action, shared stories and photos last week at the Sherbino in Ridgway from his trip to the Donbas region of Ukraine, under siege by the Russian military. Kate Redmond speaks with him about the conflict and the importance of geopolitical reporting.
  • Nichole Fox of Give a Dam, based in Durango, teaches people of all ages about the guardians of our waterways, beavers. Gavin Dahl asks her to describe the interactive Nature Theater activity she is leading at North Fork Community Fair in Paonia Town Park on Saturday at 3pm. Plus, ahead of Father’s Day, the nonprofit Hilltop Family Resource Center’s fatherhood navigator John Schmitz tells us about Fatherhood Appreciation Day at Riverbottom Park tomorrow at noon.
  • After a canceled 2020 and a scaled back 2021, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is back in full force this weekend. The 49th annual festival runs today through Sunday with 12,000 attendees daily. But the festivities were already underway a few days before the official start as throngs filled the Telluride Town Park Campground. KOTO's Matt Hoisch spoke with campers about what they're excited for and how it feels to be back.
  • This week Gavin Dahl is joined by Eva Veitch, director of community living services at the nonprofit Region 10, and Sarah Curtis, executive director at All Points Transit. They talk about a wide range of programs supporting older adults and providing transportation solutions across several area counties. Plus, All Points Transit has a Brews and Bites event coming up in July at Big B's Delicious Orchards, and their annual Oktoberfest event at the new Montrose amphitheater.
  • Kate Redmond speaks with Arjun Bacigalupi, a salutatorian who gave a rousing speech at the North Fork High School graduation. Plus, Laura Palmisano reports a film festival highlighting perspectives on disability is coming to Lake City this Sunday.
  • The Town of Paonia will bring on a new company to draw up plans for an overhaul of the town’s water system. Kate Redmond reports. Plus, with Colorado candidates making unfounded voter fraud allegations the central theme of campaigns, election workers are worried. As Scott Franz reports, county clerks are embracing new tools to assure residents about the integrity of the vote.
  • History Colorado has awarded the Hinsdale County Historical Society a $50,000 grant. The money will help in the restoration of a rail car that once transported people and goods to and from Lake City. The grant requires matching funds and as Laura Palmisano reports, the organization is making steady progress on the effort. Plus, a new bill signed into law this year supports small nonprofits who work with LGBTQ folks, immigrants, and people of color, by tapping into American Rescue Plan funding in new ways. Kate Redmond learns more by speaking with Ricardo Perez of the Hispanic Affairs Project.