Photo credit: Maria Budner

Photo credit: Maria Budner

Ali Budner is a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau and KRCC Radio in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She came to Colorado via the Bay Area, California, where she lived for 15 years.

She was first inspired by the art of interviews and audio storytelling when she joined Inside Out, as a producer on Brown Student Radio in 2003.  Since then, she's gone on to work with The Kitchen Sisters' Hidden Kitchens, KPFA’s Full Circle,  and KALW’s CrosscurrentsFrom 2010 to 2014 she worked full time as producer for KALW's daily live public affairs call-in show, Your Call, with Rose Aguilar.

While at KALW, Ali reported and co-produced an hour long documentary, The Race To An Emergency, about the 9-1-1 system in Oakland, California. In 2014, the piece was honored with several awards including the national Edward R. Murrow award for best radio news documentary in a large market.  

In late 2014, Ali traveled to Fukushima, Japan with a group of journalists from San Francisco State University to report on the long term aftermath of the tsunami and radiation disaster of 2011.  

In 2015, Ali was a Fellow with Michael Pollan's 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship at UC Berkeley, where she reported about solutions to urban food deserts in the Central Valley.  

As a freelancer Ali specialized in feature and documentary work.  Her independent work focused on health, environment, immigration, food and farming, and social justice. Ali’s reporting has aired on PRI's The World, NPR's Latino USA, WHYY's The Pulse, KALW's Crosscurrents, KQED News, Capital Public RadioValley Public Radio, KPFACalifornia HealthlineiHealthBeat, and The National Radio Project’s Making Contact. Ali also wrote for Bay Nature Magazine and she's a member of the Solutions Journalism Network.

Now, as a reporter with the Mountain West News Bureau and KRCC Radio, Ali reports for a collaborative of public radio stations in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana. The bureau was designed to better serve relevant news to the people of the region and provide coverage of the Mountain West for national audiences as well.  The project focuses its reporting on topic areas including issues of land and water, growth, politics, and Western culture and heritage.

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