Whitfield Joins ”Colorado Matters” as Host and Producer
Chandra Thomas Whitfield
Colorado Public Radio hires journalist Chandra Thomas Whitfield as the new host and producer of its daily interview show, “Colorado Matters.” Whitfield has produced articles for NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Essence, Ebony, and a number of other national outlets. She also hosted and produced In These Times magazine’s award-winning “In The Gap” podcast, which explored how the gender pay gap and wage discrimination affect the lives and livelihoods of black women who work in America.
“The addition of a reporter as experienced and skilled as Chandra will be a huge benefit to Colorado Matters and its audience,” said CPR News editor Kevin Dale. “She has lived here for a number of years and her knowledge of our communities and local issues will enhance our coverage in many ways.”
“After many years of covering the country, I am thrilled at this incredible new opportunity to focus on the issues and people that matter most in the Rocky Mountain State,” Whitfield added. “Colorado has been my family’s home for a decade now and I’m thrilled to bring my unique perspective to Colorado Public Radio audiences. I look forward to exploring this amazing state with fresh eyes together!”
Whitfield has received numerous awards for her writing, including “Journalist of the Year” awards from the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists and the Atlanta Press Club, as well as honors from the Association for Women in Communications, of the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. and Mental Health America.
Originally from New Orleans through Atlanta and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, she is also an alumnus of a diverse mix of journalism fellowship programs, including the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism at Ohio University and the Ted Scripps Fellowship in Environmental Journalism at the University. from Colorado Boulder. Most recently, she completed the Medill and The Garage Media Entrepreneur Fellowship with the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.