KBUT News Team

Chad Reich

 As KBUT's News Director, Chad reports on issues relating to the environment, recreation, tourism, public affairs and community action.  He's been with KBUT as a volunteer since 2005, has been on staff since 2006, and has been helping in the news department since 2009.  Chad currently lives in the town of Crested Butte and enjoys frolicking around in the mountains.

Capitol Coverage

KBUT is a member of Rocky Mountain Community Radio, a statewide group of like-minded community radio stations that fund the Capitol Coverage project, bringing vital and under-reported news from the state capital.

Bente Birkeland

Bente Birkeland has been reporting on state legislative issues for Rocky Mountain Community Radio since 2006. Originally from Minnesota, in her spare time Bente likes to hike, ski and spend time with her family. She keeps track of state politics throughout the year but is especially busy during the annual legislative session from January through early May. Keep up to date at the Capitol Coverage blog or follow Bente on Twitter: @bentebirkeland

Than Acuff

Than Acuff moved to the Gunnison Valley in 1992 and the huge winter kept him here forever. He started covering local sports for the Crested Butte Chronicle & Pilot in 1994. He spent the next 15 years covering sports while delving into town and county politics coverage before returning to his roots and remaining in the sports realm creating the Sports Barrel in the Crested Butte News. A broadcast version of the Sports Barrel can be heard on KBUT every Wednesday at 2 pm and 8 pm.  This is one of our favorite segments.

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KBUT Updates

KBUT is Hiring a News Director

Candidates for the position should have journalism experience, the ability to write for radio and the web, experience with audio editing, and an appreciation for the mission and values of community radio.

Visit our Jobs Page to learn more about the position and apply. Application deadline is May 11. KBUT is an equal opportunity employer.


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