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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 worked for KVNF from July 2020 to July 2022. He won awards and recognition for his KVNF 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. 

  • Part two of Gavin Dahl's interview with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colorado) focuses on the controversial Supreme Court decisions overturning Roe v. Wade and undermining the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to limit pollution and protect public health. Bennet also comments on threats to democracy and building an economy that works for everyone.
  • Gavin Dahl speaks with author and environmental journalist Laura Paskus about her book At the Precipice: New Mexico’s Changing Climate. Plus, Writers on the Range publisher David Marston shares his suggestions for a new code of the West.
  • Part one of Gavin Dahl's interview with U.S. Senator Michael Bennet centers on his new SMART Community Policing Act, plus successful efforts to fund Colorado Wildfire Risk Reduction, resilient forests, coal mine methane capture, and renewable energy.
  • Governor Jared Polis stopped just outside Lake City in remote Hinsdale County yesterday to visit Peninsula Park on Lake San Cristobal. Laura Palmisano was there. Plus, as reporter Eric Galatas explains, mountain resort towns are seeing the pros and cons of attracting the wealthiest residents.
  • The Montrose Recreation District celebrates its 5th anniversary Thursday, July 13, with a big party at the facility. We hear what they’ve accomplished over the past half decade and what’s ahead from Outdoor Recreation and Fitness Coordinator John Wagner. Plus, survival expert Tara L. Skubella, featured on Discovery Channel’s Naked & Afraid, talks about the survival course she’s leading on July 29th & 30th in partnership with Montrose Rec.
  • Today we hear from four Rocky Mountain Community Radio reporters. Governor Jared Polis visited with firefighters in Rico yesterday, as KSJD's Lucas Brady Woods reports. Demonstrators gathered at the state capitol on Sunday to call for action on rising rents, as KGNU's Luis Licon reports. A new study looks at spending in communities nearby national parks where visitation boomed last year, as KZMU's Justin Higginbottom reports. Plus, in the face of the Big Lie, pushed by disgraced former president Donald Trump and his devotees, a new documentary explores how Colorado has led the way in secure voting by mail, as RMCR's Maeve Conran reports.
  • Delta County Commissioners could entertain a second opportunity to approve a nearly 400-acre solar project east of Delta. The original application, twice approved by the county’s planning commission, was denied by the board of county commissioners on a 2 to 1 vote in March, however a new application has been submitted by DMEA. KVNF freelance reporter Lisa Young has the details ahead of tomorrow’s planning commission meeting.
  • In his new book, "Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau" local author Craig Childs takes readers on a journey deeply examining certain rock art panels in the region. Reporter Laura Palmisano interviews Childs, whose home is in Norwood. Plus, federal agencies and five tribes signed a historic co-management agreement for Bears Ears National Monument last month. KZMU’s Justin Higginbottom reports.
  • When the University of Colorado’s Spring semester ended, many students left town and also left behind tons of trash. Sam Fuqua from our Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner station KGNU in Boulder looks at what happens to all the stuff.
  • Warming waters and large dams make it hard for many fish species to migrate and spawn. Kaleb Roedel looks at efforts to help threatened and endangered species. Plus, we continue toward a tipping point where reversing levels of greenhouse gasses in the environment may no longer be possible. A group of locals is digging their hands in the dirt to engage in a practical response to climate change. Kate Redmond filed this report on Earth Day back in April.