Denver CBS Station to Focus on Local Races in Election Coverage

By Kevin Eck 

Denver CBS owned station KCNC said it is planning to cover the upcoming election “in a different way than ever before” with neighborhood reporting.

Because of its recent switch to neighborhood newsrooms where “every journalist, including all members of the news team, regularly covers important local news in their own backyards,” the station said it will not only cover the big races, but also races that directly impact individual geographic areas.

“The big races get lots of attention–but it is really the local issues, the community issue, that can have some of the deepest impact on your life,” said news director Kristine Strain. “We are leveraging our team of community journalists to not only cover the candidates, but the community. We will be looking at the issues on your ballot that impact your wallet, your sidewalks, your schools, fire departments and even your open space. Casting your vote matters and we want to make sure that our coverage matters to you.”


CBS News Colorado anchors Karen Leigh and Jim Benemann, along with Political Specialist Shaun Boyd, will lead Election Day coverage with in-depth support from a team of community journalists including:
Northern Colorado – Dillon Thomas
Jefferson County – Jamie Leary
Denver County – Marissa Armas
Arapahoe County – Kati Weis
Boulder County- Team Coverage
Douglas County- Conor McCue
Adams County- Olivia Young
Colorado Mountain Communities- Jeff Todd
State initiatives- Tori Mason
Republican headquarters- Kelly Werthmann
Democratic Headquarters- Alan Gionet
Shaun Boyd – Political Specialist along with CBS News Colorado political analysts Mike Dino and Dick Wadhams will analyze the results minute by minute as they come in.

CBS News election night coverage on CBS News Colorado starts at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.