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In today’s world, news and information move fast and if there’s one thing journalists can depend on, breaking news moves even faster. 

“The environment in the newsroom during breaking news events is unique,” says “Colorado Matters” Host Ryan Warner. “Things tend to operate at different speeds simultaneously.” 

When covering the theater shooting in Aurora last month, CPR reporters arrived on the scene just hours after the event and worked throughout the morning to produce newscasts, attend press conferences and  file updates, which aired nationally on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." They also worked closely with NPR correspondents who arrived in Colorado to cover the story. “In this case, we had one group of reporters focused on the development of the story, while another group of reporters and producers took some steps back to look for additional sources that could add perspective in the days that followed,” explains Ryan. Some of those stories focused on gun control policies, legal analysis and perspective from former Columbine High School student Craig Scott.   

“It's important for reporters to be flexible in order to deal with the changing dynamic of breaking news,” comments General Assignment Reporter Megan Verlee. “You're following Twitter to get the latest information without getting taken in by rumors; checking emails for press releases; talking with editors about what they want and need; driving to the scene; rummaging for a power source to keep your computer running; trying not to overheat or freeze depending on Colorado’s erratic weather; and sometimes searching for a motel to crash in once your 12-16 hour day is over.”

Stay connected to breaking news in Colorado by following CPR News on Twitter. You can also get up-to-the-minute updates from reporters Lee Hill, Anna Panoka, Megan Verlee and Eric Whitney.

Photo credit: Megan Verlee.   

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Labor Day is just around the corner and the unofficial start of fall is looming, but we’re relishing the last bit of summer with a live broadcast from the Aspen Music Festival on August 19 at 4 p.m. It’s the finale to CPR Classical's  'SummerFest,' showcasing Colorado’s festival season, including world-renowned performances from the Colorado Music Festival, Central City Opera and the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. 

Join host Monika Vischer on CPR’s classical service for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8, also known as the “Symphony of a Thousand” because of the immense choral and instrumental efforts it requires. Conducted by Robert Spano, the large-scale performance will cap off his first season as the official music director for the festival. 

Photo: View of the stage inside the Benedict Music Tent at the Aspen Music Festival. Photo credit: Aspen Music Festival and School.                                       

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Since 2005, CPR Classical Host Monika Vischer has been visiting the Aspen Music Festival to cover stories about the performances, the school and the people behind the music. 

What sticks out in her memory most about attending one of Colorado’s most prominent classical music festivals?

“It’s got to be the setting,” admits Monika. “At any given moment you could be surrounded by the peaceful quiet of nature and then in the next instant, that quiet is interrupted by the sound of a solitary French horn playing somewhere in a distant meadow. It truly is one of the most inspiring places on earth and certainly one of my favorites to enjoy music.” 

For the third consecutive year, Monika will host a live broadcast from Aspen featuring Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 on August 19. “It takes a lot of preparation to get ready for a live broadcast,” comments Monika. “I usually arrive about four days early to conduct interviews, but it’s always exciting to be able to spend some time outside the studio, and hopefully, I’ll be able to get in a hike or two in my down time.”

Listen to CPR’s classical service in the coming weeks for Monika’s interviews with Music Director Robert Spano and some of today’s brightest young soloists. Then be sure to tune in for the live broadcast on Sunday, August 19 at 4 p.m. 

Photo: Monika Vischer.

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