Austin Cope

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

Austin grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. Since graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he has lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, and northern Wyoming before returning to the Cortez area. He enjoys live music, outdoor activities, and listening to NPR every morning when he wakes up.

Ways to Connect

Gail Binkly / KSJD

It has been approximately 2 months since the designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Southeastern Utah. However, the new monument remains a topic of disagreement at the state, national, and local level. KSJD News went to southeastern Utah to talk with locals on both sides.


Ken Lund / Creative Commons

KSJD's Austin Cope talks to his dad, Frank Cope, who just retired as Facility Manager of Mesa Verde National Park.  They discuss the things Frank has seen in national parks, how the National Park Service has played a part in his life, and his thoughts on retirement. He starts with a story of a flood at Zion National Park in the mid-1990s.

Web exclusive: Frank tells a story about witnessing the Bircher Fire at Mesa Verde in July 2000. Click below to listen.

KSJD's Gail Binkly and Austin Cope discuss how audience pressure led the Montezuma County Commission to open Planning and Zoning Commission interviews to the public.

Austin Cope / KSJD

Tourism is an important part of the economy in southwestern Colorado. This past year brought an increase in the amount of visitors to Montezuma County. For a look at the state of the tourism economy in southwestern Colorado, KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with Kelly Kirkpatrick, executive director of local tourism marketing organization Mesa Verde Country.

Note: Mesa Verde Country is a financial supporter of KSJD.

Tom Yoder / KSJD

The KSJD Daytime Collective is new collaborative music show that will air on KSJD from 9-11am and 1-3pm on weekdays starting Monday, February 13th. KSJD's Austin Cope sat down with KSJD's Programming Director Tom Yoder to talk about the ideas behind the show, who will be hosting it, and what it will offer to KSJD's weekday daytime listeners.