Tamie Meck provides a weekly sports report for KVNF. With camera in hand, she travels throughout Delta County and beyond to photograph athletes in action and interview players and coaches, a beat she also covers for the weekly Delta County Independent newspaper. In addition to her weekly reports, Tamie was also KVNF’s eyes and ears at this year’s regional and state tournaments for wrestling and basketball.
Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations, including KVNF, since 2006. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May, covering important bills, discussions, and the positions of our state legislators. Key stories for KVNF listeners she has covered this year include the state budget, proposed oil and gas legislation, and the passage of the Cottage Foods Act.
Ali Lightfoot began her career in television production where she hired cast and crew, managed budgets and assisted in all aspects of production and post-production on a wide variety of projects. She has worked in a more creative capacity as well: acting, directing and writing for TV, film and radio.
Ali became KVNF's program director in 2009. She produces and develops programming for KVNF as well as training and scheduling more than 70 volunteer DJs. Ali produces radio documentaries and directs the youth reporting project "Pass the Mic," where young reporters (ages 8-12) create film and radio documentaries about their community.
Email: ali (at) kvnf.org
Julia Kumari Drapkin is the lead producer for iSeeChange at KVNF, a public media experiment in community environmental science reporting funded by Localore, the Association for Independents in Radio, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Together with the KVNF staff, Julia is producing a multimedia dialogue between citizens and scientists and hopes to help listeners both understand their own experiences with the weather, and take pride in their local landscape and culture. Julia is an experienced radio, television, and multimedia producer. She has worked as a correspondent and multimedia producer for PRI’s The World, Global Post, and the St. Petersburg Times, among others. E-mail: iseechange (at) kvnf.org
Sally Kane came to radio with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science, a career in Public Health, and experience as a small business owner. Raised on the Western Slope, her first time at KVNF was as a DJ in 1980 when she was a high school student at Paonia High School. During her 10 year tenure at KVNF, Sally led a capital campaign for a new facility and helped start the local news department. She works with area nonprofits facilitating trainings on a variety of subjects related to best practices and organizational excellence.
Sally's time at KVNF is now spent on air as a beloved host of music programs like "Just us Folks" and "One Woman's Perspective."