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.

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KSJD is expanding its partnership with Diné college in Tsaile, Arizona. KSJD Executive Director Jeff Pope joined Austin Cope on Morning Edition to share more information about what is on the horizon.

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Habitat for Humanity of Montezuma County is sponsoring a program this fall called "A Brush with Kindness," to help local residents afford basic home maintenance and repair.  KSJD's Austin Cope talked with Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Molly Greenlee to learn more about the program and how it relates to larger issues about affordable housing in the Four Corners.

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KSJD’s Austin Cope spoke with Karishma Bansal, the University of New Mexico graduate student whose discovery of two supermassive orbiting black holes has made international headlines.


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A lightning-sparked fire is burning on the San Juan National Forest about eight miles northeast of the town of Dolores in the Boggy Draw area.

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Vern Harrell recently retired as the Dolores Project Manager for the Bureau of Reclamation. He joined Austin Cope in the KSJD studios to look back on his career and reflect on how McPhee Reservoir has changed the area.