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Immigrant Stories | CBA Award-winning episode with Paul Freeman

Paul Freeman's family emigrated from Ireland to England when he was a child. He's been in the U.S. since 2007, and serves as principal of Glenwood Springs High School.

Tune in as Paul Freeman, principal at Glenwood Springs High School, reflects on growing up, an Irish immigrant boy, in England—and managing a high school during the COVID-19 global pandemic.

What would it be like to be an immigrant, to leave your home, family, culture, and country to face the unknown in a strange land? Join host Walter Gallacher as immigrants from around the world tell their stories of survival, alienation, persistence and triumph.

Gallacher received recognition for Best Public Affairs Program in-person at the Colorado Broadcasters Association Awards of Excellence Gala in late April, 2023. The Gala is held to recognize Colorado’s best broadcasters and their work in 2022. Over 400 radio and television broadcasters gathered at the Ritz Carlton-Denver to be recognized for their best work. This year, the CBA received 894 entries—511 of those from radio. One hundred and sixty-eight volunteer broadcasters from around the country were assembled into panels to judge all 894 entries.

As Gallacher told KDNK, "this award shows the communities that KDNK serves what can happen when community members are given access to the air waves."

"I don't want this award to be about me; in fact, I think the award honors the power of the story, and Paul Freeman did a beautiful job of telling his," Gallacher says. “I would like this to be an opportunity to celebrate Paul , the Immigrant Stories Project and KDNK, who believed in the project, gave it voice and has helped sustain it for over 16 years."

From all of us here at KDNK, Congratulations, Walter! Thank you for your dedication to KDNK’s members, listeners and the greater community as you’ve shared powerful, poignant, and triumphant immigrant stories for more than a decade and a half.

-KDNK News Director Morgan Neely

Morgan is KDNK's News Director. He comes to KDNK with public radio passion and experience. He was a news host, reporter, and operations/programming director at KAJX-Aspen, and has extensive experience working in municipal government.
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