Colorado Public Radio has received a five-year, $1.2 million grant to support solution-based coverage of climate issues.
The grant, awarded by the Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation, will fund a team of three reporters and an editor who will produce coverage of research and innovation on climate issues within the state. The team will deliver long-form stories, data-driven reports and podcasts, according to a Fridaypress release announcing the grant.
“Many Coloradans are focused on this global issue, which deserves deeply researched, comprehensive coverage from independent journalists,” Executive Editor Kevin Dale said in the release. “This team is a natural extension of our current energy and environment beat and will dramatically increase our reporting, enabling new partnerships with regional and national collaboratives about climate change and sustainable living.”
“We are committed to fact-based reporting on the impact, solutions and political aspects of climate change,” Dale said.
The grant is part of CPR’s strategy to expand its news operations. All four positions on the climate reporting team are new, according to a spokesperson.
CPR’s newsroom staff has more than doubled in size over the last six years. Dale wants to hire 25 to 30 more journalists, he told Current earlier this year. In January, the station received a grant to build an investigative unit. It acquired local news site Denverite in March.