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Eleanor Bennett

Anchor, reporter, producer at Aspen Public Radio

Growing up in the valley listening to KAJX in her parents’ car on the way to school, Eleanor learned the power and urgency of community storytelling. She was further captivated by the medium while interning at APR after graduating from Middlebury College in 2015.

From there, Eleanor moved to New York where she covered issues of climate justice and women's empowerment for SiriusXM Radio and launched several podcasts from soup-to-nuts. Eleanor recently finished a project interviewing hundreds of New Yorkers about their dreams and fears for an interactive audio-visual exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum by the photographer and muralist, JR.

Making these kinds of personal connections with people from all walks of life and creating empathic spaces for them to tell their stories fuels her work. Eleanor is delighted to be back home in the Rocky Mountains working with the Aspen Public Radio team and local residents to shine a light on the critical issues that shape our valley.

  • Lori Spence is the first woman to be director of the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol and the second woman to be hired by Aspen Skiing Co. as a patrol director at any of its four ski areas. Prior to Highlands closing for the season on April 10th, Rocky Mountain Community Radio's Eleanor Bennett spent a day with Spence and her avalanche dog, Meka, as she approached the end of her first full season in the new position.
  • Rex and JoAnn Coffman have been ranching in Carbondale for more than 60 years. Now in their 90s, they recently sold their 141-acre homestead to the Aspen Valley Land Trust. Aspen Public Radio visited the Coffmans at their historic ranch and sent this audio postcard.
  • Every year during the holidays, tens of thousands of people across the western hemisphere head out to record all the birds they see or hear within a 15-mile radius. This year's count began December 14th and concludes tomorrow. Aspen Public Radio reporter Eleanor Bennett joined the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Roaring Fork Audubon Society for their counts in Carbondale and Snowmass Village the weekend before Christmas.