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)

Commentary: Attack on Rights

Apr 17, 2013

It's time for another "Attack on Rights" report from KVNF's youth reporter, Matthew Kane.   This time Matthew expresses his concerns about the US Drone program...

Matthew Kane is attending the Launch program in Cedaredge where the students can choose a particular area of study in the community.  He's working with KVNF's program director, Ali Lightfoot to produce these reports.


Pass the Mic reporter, Noah McDaniel  speaks with Paonia resident,  Sanni,  about living with autism in the North Fork Valley.    

KVNF DJ,  The Hurricane,  speaks with jazz pianist, Lisa Hilton.

Paonia resident and businessman,  Chris Yates, speaks with Ali Lightfoot about the "Gift Economy." A new movement emerging locally, that focuses on developing local currencies, resource-based economics and the restoration of the commons.

KVNF's Bill Powers visits with musician, Tim O'Brien. 

Energy reporter, Allison Godwin, interviews the president of Oxbow's Elk Creek coal mine, Jim Cooper.

Paonia musicians, Sticky Mulligan and Paul Sammons,  stopped by the KVNF studios to play some new music and catch up with Ali Lightfoot.

Pass the Mic's Agriculture reporters check in with local farmers Jeff Schwartz, Paul Thliveris and Mark Waltermire about last year's harvest and what they think about the future of the industry.

KVNF DJ, The Hurricane, speaks with Country Roots artist, Marc Berger.

Saturday, March 9th, 3:00 pm @ Paradise Theater, Paonia

See the North Fork Valley through the eyes of seven young reporters, ages 8-12. Hear their dialog with business owners, coal executives, farmers, artists and ranchers about the future of the North Fork Valley.

Film editor, Davis Coombe, speaks with Ali Lightfoot about the documentary  "Chasing Ice."  The film is about acclaimed environmental photographer, James Balog as he participates in an Extreme Ice Survey for National Geographic.    Here, Davis talks about editing this film and his other work as an academy award winning documentary filmmaker.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Chip Meneley of Hilltop Tri County Resources, which provides confidential intervention, shelter and counseling services for women and children in domestic abuse situations.

The sentences of this essay were assembled randomly.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Robin Berndt, Stacyee Curry and Cameron Nelson from Center for Mental Health. They discuss new initiatives to reach men in the community. Listen to their interview with Ali Lightfoot:

Chuck Lemoine and Debbie Malgosa, of  Delta County Department of Health and Human Services,  speak with Ali Lightfoot about meeting the challenges of a high number of requests for assistance.

Public Assistance

Food/Jobs/Child and Adult Welfare

Department of Health and Human Services

Phone: (970) 874-2030 (Option #1, then Option #1 again)

Fax: (970) 874-2068

After Hours: Delta County Dispatch (970) 874-2015

Jazz vocalist, saxophonist and guitarist, Curtis Stigers talks with Ali Lightfoot about his new album and upcoming benefit show in Montrose.

Sure, it seems innocent, but DST is really just another tool of THE MAN!

Ali Lightfoot speaks with iSeeChange producer, Julia Kumari Drapkin,  about the online almanac she developed for record keeping on climate change.

In which a tortured analogy is used to explain the fundamental nature of the divine.


Sometimes you just gotta turn the other cheek. Other times, you need to teeter on the brink of sociopathy.

Blues and folk artist, Paul Sammons, plays some of his new music and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

Artist Lane Taplin talks about a new community art project that involves collecting memories from North Fork residents.

The Pass the Mic reporters talk about what makes the North Fork Valley special to them.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Alexis Halbert,  coordinator of the community planning project,  North Fork Heart and Soul.

"North Fork Valley" is a new book published by Arcadia that chronicles the beginnings of Paonia, Hotchkiss and Crawford.   The authors, Kathy Addams McKee – a fourth Generation native of the valley and Claudia Sutliff King,  a lifetime resident,  compiled pictures and history of the North Fork Valley from the 1880’s through present day.  Here,  the authors  talk about area's rich heritage and history.

The Harvest of Voices invites North Fork Valley writers to share an original piece of prose or poetry.   Here, North Fork writers:   Marion Stewart, Diane Sylvain and Stephanie Ogburn share their work.

Marion Stewart:

Diane Sylvain essay (read by Marty Durlin):

Stephanie Ogburn:

Pass the Mic Arts reporter, Riven Sky Badgett speaks with local artist Maya Arthur about the arts coop and Elsewhere studios in Paonia. 

"Pass the Mic" is a project of North Fork Heart and Soul.