More Impactful Programming & Meaningful Stories


To say it’s been an exciting year so far at PBS12 is an understatement! I’m so proud of the work our team has done to create meaningful programs.

First, I’m honored to share that PBS12 won a Heartland Emmy for our work on Decode Colorado “With My Own Eyes: Colorado and the Holocaust” and received a Silver Telly Award for the same program. We received two additional Heartland Emmy nominations for our programs Leaders as Readers and The Eye is the First Circle. We were also recognized by the Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado with their annual Media Award for our work on Eye of the Survivor. If you haven’t had an opportunity to see these programs yet, I encourage you to visit to stream them; they are so powerful, and I hope will have an impact on you. If you’ve had a chance to watch them, what did you think? Email me at and let me know.

Before we dive into our fall lineup, I want to thank you to those who shared thoughts and comments with PBS12. Your feedback – through email, survey, in person at a community event, or via social media – has allowed us to reflect on what types of programs to create, what stories to share, what communities we want to reach with our programs, and what impact we hope our programs will have. Your input was invaluable!

Now, onto the good stuff. I’m so proud of what PBS12 is producing, and after reading this, I hope you too are excited for our fall lineup. Here are a few of my personal favorites:

  • We heard you all, loud and clear – you want more music. Well, you’re in luck! This fall we’ll premiere a new series focused on live music in Colorado, from Red Rocks to small venues around town! In the first episode, watch as local favorite Big Head Todd and the Monsters is inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame. And fan-favorite Sounds on 29th will get a face lift later this fall!
  • Through our survey data, we learned that you’re all about nature and learning more about our beautiful state, so we’re premiering Daytripper Colorado where we’ll explore the lesser-known corners of Colorado.
  • We know highlighting diverse voices is important to you which is why we partnered with host Gloria Neal to launch Said/Unsaid, a show that digs into today’s tough topics. This honest, real conversation around topics like race relations provides a refreshingly honest point of view and leans into the idea of embracing discomfort in the spirit of progress.
  • To further highlight diverse voices, as part of our deep dive series, Decode Colorado, we’re releasing our fourth episode focused on the social determinants of health. We’ll talk to healthcare providers and patients in urban and rural areas to learn more about how the challenges and outcomes of one’s circumstances impact their health. And in case you missed it, be sure to stream our last episode, Decode Colorado “Homelessness.”

This is just the beginning for us! There’s a lot more to come.

Did you love (or hate) our coverage of the mayoral race earlier this year? How do you feel about the topic of homelessness in our most recent episode of Decode Colorado? Do you have something to share with us? Please email me – no really, I mean it – at to share your thoughts. It’s the information you share that allows us to keep crafting impactful programming and telling meaningful stories; it’s what makes PBS12 and you, our viewers, so special!

Warmest regards,

Kristen Blessman
President and General Manager, PBS12