Stories that connect, engage, and make an impact


Labor Day is meant to be a day of celebrating hard work. And for me, hard work has always meant being in a place where I can make a difference in the world and in the lives of individuals in my community. It’s why I joined PBS12, where we are hard at work bringing you stories that connect, engage, and make an impact. PBS12 is also in a period of transformation – and I’m excited to share more about it with you.

Our station was founded on the core beliefs that we are a hyper-local nonprofit media organization that has the privilege and the responsibility to tell new and unique stories in a different way – that ultimately, we can have a positive impact by offering local solutions to global problems. In many ways we are changing. But in many ways, we are leaning into our roots.

In the coming months we will launch several new local shows that will take a deep dive into the issues that most impact Colorado – because PBS12 is Impact Media for Colorado. This fall we are also hosting three community events that closely align with our new Impact Media mission:

  • Eye of the Survivor
    Colorado is usually in the top 10 states with the highest rates of suicide rate. You can be part of the solution. Please join PBS12 for Eye of the Survivor on Tuesday, September 13 at 5 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Denver. At this free event, you will hear inspiring stories of people who have come through despair and found healing. The evening will also include clips from the Ken Burns documentary, Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness.
  • The U.S. and the Holocaust
    PBS12 is planning an event in late October focusing on the upcoming documentary, The U.S. and the Holocaust by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein. This critical conversation about the Holocaust will be facilitated by a retired professor from the Regis University Center for the Study of War Experience, and we will hear from local Coloradans whose family members survived the Holocaust.
  • Chicanas: Nurturers and Warriors
    In November, our sponsor AARP and the City of Denver are partnering with us to screen Chicanas: Nurturers and Warriors – a locally produced documentary that looks at what it means to be a Chicana in Denver.

I hope to meet you at these events! I am eager to get to know you personally and hear your ideas for what you think is important for PBS12 as we embark on this journey together.

With your help, we will continue to serve our community in a way that no other media outlet does. PBS12 has always championed diversity, inclusivity, and critical thinking. Your viewpoints matter to us, and they are always welcome.

Warmest regards,

Kristen Blessman
President and General Manager, PBS12

P.S. I invite you to reach out to me personally with your thoughts and ideas for making PBS12 the best public television service organization possible. My direct email is