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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.

  • Every birth experience is different. Some are joyful, even spiritual occasions. Others result in emergency situations or even tragedy. This week on Local Motion, four mothers share their birth stories.
  • Over the summer, the invasive Japanese Beetle was detected in Grand Junction. The adult beetle feeds on more than 300 species of plants including those that are a major part of Western Slope's agricultural economy such as sweet corn, peaches, and grapes. The invasive insect already plagues some communities on the Front Range. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano interviews Rich Guggenheim, Plant Health Certification Program Manager for the Colorado Department of Agriculture.
  • Demand for services at the Food Bank of the Rockies Western Slope Distribution Center in Palisade is up 28 percent since March 2020. KVNF's Laura Palmisano speaks with the organization's Western Slope Director Sue Ellen Rodwick about how the agency is meeting the increased need in the 13 counties it serves.
  • This week on Local Motion, reporter Laura Palmisano interviews Dr. Nicki Gonzales about how Latinos shaped Colorado history. Dr. Gonzales is a noted historian and Professor of History and Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University in Denver. She is also a member of History Colorado’s State Historian’s Council. Gonzales was appointed Colorado State Historian last year by Governor Jared Polis for a one-year term that ended at the beginning of this month. She was the first Latino to hold that position.
  • Governor Jared Polis stopped in remote Hinsdale County on Wednesday to visit Peninsula Park on Lake San Cristobal. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano reports from the event just outside of Lake City.
  • 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.
  • In his new book titled "Tracing Time: Seasons of Rock Art on the Colorado Plateau" local author Craig Childs takes readers on a journey that deeply examines certain rock art panels in the region. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano interviews Childs from his home, based in Norwood.
  • 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.
  • A film festival highlighting diverse perspectives on disability is coming to Lake City this Sunday at the Mountaineer Theater. For KVNF, Laura Palmisano brings us details on the event. It starts at 5:30pm with a BBQ followed by live music. The first film shows at 6:30pm. Tickets are available online.
  • 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.