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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.

  • 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.
  • History Colorado, the state’s historic fund, recently 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 the town of Lake City. However, the grant requires matching funds. The organization already has $15,000 in pledges from a small group of local rail enthusiasts. But, the historical society still needs to raise an additional $25,000 to match the grant. As Laura Palmisano reports, the organization is nearly halfway to that goal. Learn more here.
  • 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.
  • Planning to visit Lake San Cristobal in Hinsdale County this summer? Laura Palmisano reports there are some new rules for the lake and other county-owned recreation sites. Boats will now undergo aquatic nuisance species inspections at the boat dock. Colorado Parks and Wildlife says it will run the screenings daily from sunrise to sunset and will have a mobile decontamination unit on site if needed. Learn more here.
  • June is Pride month. Kate Redmond speaks with Dr. Lynda Spann about emotional and mental health in the LGBTQ community. Plus, planning to visit Lake San Cristobal in Hinsdale County this summer? There are new rules for the lake and other area recreation sites. Laura Palmisano reports. Learn more here.
  • A federal judge has vacated a plan for drilling and fracking in the North Fork and Thompson Divide areas. KDNK’s Morgan Neely has more. Plus, Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish speaks to reporter Laura Palmisano about Off-Highway Vehicle education and enforcement. OHVs are permitted on a three-mile section of State Highway 149 in Hinsdale County for the season starting this coming weekend. This allows OHVs to access the Alpine Loop, a backcountry byway that connects Lake City, Silverton, and Ouray.
  • Memorial Day Weekend is the start of off-road season in many Colorado communities. Off-Highway Vehicles are permitted on a three-mile section of State Highway 149 in Hinsdale County from this weekend through the end of September. This pilot program allows OHVs to access the Alpine Loop, a backcountry byway that connects Lake City, Silverton, and Ouray. Hinsdale County Sheriff Chris Kambish speaks to KVNF reporter Laura Palmisano about OHV education and enforcement.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Chair Carrie Hauser wrote a recent opinion piece about the agency's opportunity to be more culturally inclusive in naming, signage, and history programming. In March, the commission updated its naming policy. For KVNF News, Laura Palmisano speaks to Hauser, who's also the president of Colorado Mountain College.
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission Chair Carrie Hauser talks with Laura Palmisano about the agency's opportunity to be more culturally inclusive in naming, signage, and history programming. Plus a 5k in Fruita this Saturday marks the conclusion of a girls after-school program. Kate Redmond reports.