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Laura Palmisano

Laura joined KVNF in 2014. She was the news director for two years and now works as a freelance reporter covering Colorado's Western Slope. Before moving to Colorado, Laura worked as a reporter for Arizona Public Media, a public radio and television station in Tucson. She's also worked at public radio station KJZZ and public television station KAET Arizona PBS in Phoenix. Her work has aired on NPR, the BBC, Marketplace, Harvest Public Media, and on stations across the Rocky Mountain Community Radio network. Laura is an award-winning journalist with work recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, Colorado Broadcasters Association, and RTDNA. In 2015, she was a fellow for the Institute for Justice & Journalism. Her fellowship project, a three-part series on the Karen refugee community in Delta, Colorado, received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Laura also has experience as a radio host, producer, writer, production assistant, videographer, and video editor. She graduated summa cum laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.

  • Spanning hundreds of miles, the Colorado Trail runs from Denver to Durango. The tiny mountain town of Lake City is one of the last resupply stops in southwest Colorado. In town, there is a community effort to welcome hikers which includes a free shuttle, snacks, and even a hiker dinner.
  • In recent years, WIC Colorado has seen steady growth in enrollment. WIC is a special federal supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano interviews WIC Colorado outreach and partnership coordinator Erin Kendrick for an in-depth look at the program. They discuss changes to the program such as expanded organic options for participants at grocery stores and return to in-person appointments at WIC clinics.
  • June is Pride Month. It commemorates the Stonewall riots in 1969. The riots are considered the start of the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. On today’s hour-long special, we’ll hear from Colorado LGBTQ Historian David Duffield. He discusses LGBTQ history in the U.S. and Colorado along with efforts to preserve it.
  • In recognition of Pride Month, KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks to Colorado LGBTQ Historian David Duffield. He talks about the Colorado LGBTQ History Project and the history of Pride in Denver.
  • Mary Nettleton is the best listener in tiny Lake City, Colorado. After her 25th year as a reading tutor she says being blind isn't a handicap, it actually helps kids open up to her.
  • What does it mean to be a mother? That answer varies. There are birth mothers, adoptive mothers, stepmothers, grandmothers, and godmothers. Let's not also forget mother figures such as an older sister who helped raise you. This week on Local Motion, we'll hear from three women about their experiences with motherhood.
  • Octogenarian Mary Nettleton has helped generations of Lake City students learn to read. Nettleton who's blind, has volunteered at the local school for more than two decades. KVNF’s Laura Palmisano takes us to the school to read with Ms. Mary.
  • The KVNF News and Public Affairs team was acknowledged for outstanding journalism by both The Society for Professional Journalists and The Colorado Broadcasters Association on Saturday April, 22, 2023.
  • Last year, there were more than 13,000 midwives in the United States, according to the American Midwifery Certification Board. The profession is female dominated. The board’s most recent demographic report finds that less than one percent of midwives in the U.S. are male. That figure holds true in Colorado. State data, from February of this year shows, there are currently four men certified as nurse-midwives here. This week on Local Motion, we’ll meet one of those midwives: Adrian Medina. He was born in the Philippines and grew up on Guam. He was trained on Guam as a midwife by the island’s only male midwife at the time. Last year, Medina moved to Colorado with his family to work at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction where he’s the only male nurse-midwife on staff.
  • In the United States, less than one percent of midwives are male, according to national data. That figure holds true in Colorado. State data, from February of this year, shows there are four men certified as nurse-midwives here. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano speaks to one of those midwives: Adrian Medina. He's the only male nurse-midwife on staff at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.