Ali Lightfoot

Program Director

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

San Miguel county commissioner and green party member,  Art Goodtimes, shares his poltical views.

Ron Bain,  editor and publisher of the libertarian newspaper, The Western Slope Watchdog,  shares his views on politics.

Here's a taste of what's to come from these young reporters.  You'll hear segments of interviews the kids conducted with locals, exploring the industries of the North Fork Valley.   The kids speak with author -  Craig Childs,  Jeff Schwartz of Big Bs,   Dr. Heidi Marlin,  local artist - Maya Arthur, president of the Oxbow coal mine -  Jim Cooper,  local bike enthusiast - John Eckert  and long time resident and rancher -  Norm Smith.

Local band, Honey Don't,  play some new songs in KVNF's Bamboo Room.

Pass the Mic Arts reporters, Katya Schwieterman and Riven Sky Badgett, interview fashion designers for 2012 Paonia Fashion and Design show.
"Pass the Mic" is a project of North Fork Heart and Soul and KVNF Community Radio.


Video edited by: Ali Lightfoot

"Pass the Mic" is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF community radio in Paonia, Colorado, in partnership with the North Fork Heart & Soul Project. Over the course of two years, 14 young reporters will be assigned to a "beat" reporting on a North Fork industry. Youth participants learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context, and will be supported in presenting their final projects to the valley.

Local Libertarian,  Ron Bain,  shares his viewpoints on politics,  the presidential candidates, agenda 21, Ron Paul and his paper, the Western Slope Watchdog.

Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with the The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.  Youth participants learn the skills of how to produce interviews and stories in a multi-media context.   All 7 young reporters are assigned to a “beat” reporting on a North Fork industry.  Today the kids share their opinions on some important issues and the industries they are reporting on.   

Pass the Mic reporters head to the streets of Paonia to ask some important questions on local and national issues.

Pass the Mic reporter, Sadie Miller interviews 11 year old singer-songwriter,  Jaden Carlson.

Local Motion: Michele Haines

Aug 12, 2012

Traveling French chef, Michele Haines, shares her thoughts on the food produced in the North Fork valley and talks about being a "foodie".

Al Withers , director of an Agriculture in the Classroom program in Minnesota,  talks about his visit to the North Fork Valley and the importance of educating people about where their food comes from.

Pass the Mic reporter, Athena Peters, speaks to  local artists, Susie Kaldis and Birdie Kuhl of the North Fork Creative Coalition, about their community mural  project and passion.

Local writer, Christy Aschwanden, speaks with 10 year old Pass the Mic reporter, Leaf Michelsen,  about the year she spent practicing the art of living in one place, never venturing more than 100 miles from home.

11 year old  Pass the Mic reporter,  Noah Silverstein speaks with long-time Delta county resident and storyteller,  Dot Wilkinson Kauffman Clay.

KVNF looks into the Cherry Days parade tank incident that made national news.  Sid Lewis, the protester, Lee White, the tank driver and community members share their thoughts.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with iseechange producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin and KVNF executive director, Sally Kane about the iSeeChange project,  and about new initiatives in media that encourage citizen journalism and use new technologies to get public input.

Local Motion: Ben Cook

May 2, 2012

In a new report published last week, scientists are discovering their warming models are failing to accurately predict the impact of global warming. They found that compared to long-term studies in the real world, plants are flowering EIGHT TIMES FASTER than their models ever predicted. KVNF’s Julia Kumari Drapkin and iSeeChange spoke to Ben Cook, one of the  lead researchers about how citizens here in the North Fork Valley and the Western slope can help.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Administrator, John Mitchell, speaks with Ali Lightfoot about new developments at the hospital and in the county, and shares his opinions about healthcare reform.

The Delta county school district is facing tough challenges this year: A budget shortfall, a controversial district-wide effort to design and implement a new curriculum, new standardized testing, and a search for a new superintendent. Delta county school board president, Tom Mingen, and Director of Curriculum, Connie Vincent, talk about these issues.


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