Ali Budner is KRCC's reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau, a journalism collaborative that unites six stations across the Mountain West, including stations in Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, and Montana to better serve the people of the region. The project focuses its reporting on topic areas including issues of land and water, growth, politics, and Western culture and heritage.
Ali came to KRCC from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her award-winning reporting covered the state of California on a range of topics from health and the environment to homelessness and immigration. Her resume includes work with The Kitchen Sisters, KPFA radio in Berkeley, California, and KALW radio in San Francisco, where she served as a managing producer for the daily live public affairs call-in show, "Your Call."
Ali also reported and co-produced an hour-long documentary, "The Race To An Emergency," about the 9-1-1 emergency response system in Oakland, California. It received several national awards, including the Edward R. Murrow award for best radio news documentary in a large market. Her reporting has appeared on PRI's The World, NPR's Latino USA, and WHYY's The Pulse, among other prominent outlets.
She is excited now to live in Colorado and report on issues important to the Rocky Mountain West.
A highway project in southern Colorado recently turned up seven previously unknown Native American archaeological sites. The road is going ahead anyway over objections from some tribal members.
Immigrants risk deportation if they miss their court date. But with just 3 immigration courts across the rural west, it can be hard for immigrants there to get to the hearings, and lawyers are scarce.
Mosques around the U.S. are taking security seriously in the aftermath of the New Zealand massacres and other attacks on houses of worship.