A strong fall. Welcome here.


Welcome, October, because we’re ready for you! Yes, the universe has thrown us a culture-changing pandemic, brought social inequities front and center, and for good measure, devastating fires that are damaging the nature we hold dear. Yet, we’re still standing! We may be a bit frayed, singed, and worse for wear, but I see more and more of us reclaiming our resolve.

Our schools are changing how they educate, but our kids are back in school and are redesigning how they connect with friends. Times are tight, but Coloradans still value our many non-profit and charitable organizations, that in turn, continue to serve those in need. Our dedicated firefighters are not backing away from protecting our forests and our beloved restaurants have figured out ways to help us convene safely. We are exhibiting confidence in the face of overwhelming odds, we dare to hope when all seemed lost, and we’re facing our flaws in order to build something better than existed before.

The challenge before us this month is to participate in effective debate during one of the most important election seasons in recent memory, and do so without making enemies of each other. An honest look at history shows that this might actually not be the most contentious election season ever, or even feature the worst of behaviors. History has shown that we can not only recover, but we can even come out better on the other side, so let’s do it!

At PBS12, we stand for inclusive, unbiased approaches to content. And for this fall’s election season, we’re able to offer Colorado viewers something special – voices of our exceptional young people.

Election Coverage

You’ve counted on our Colorado Decides election series for nearly 20 years for information that goes beyond a 30-second soundbite, providing solid information you can use. That tradition continues this season, every Friday night at 7:00 and 7:30 pm. We have also produced something special this year – we have expanded Both Sides of the Story. In this high school debate tournament, we hand the microphone to our young people who debate important issues impacting Colorado. Starting October 16 at 7:00 and 7:30 pm, tune in to watch these students deliver incredibly cogent arguments on issues important to Colorado. They will make you proud!

Beyond Colorado

This fall, we are also featuring new specials from Rick Steves that offer a bit of escape while creating a better understanding of our world. You can tune in every Tuesday night at 9:00 pm, but I want to draw your attention to something extra: On October 20 at 8:00 pm, watch us on any of our online and mobile platforms for a live, exclusive conversation with Rick Steves! And on October 26 at 9:00 pm (on channel 12.1 and online), watch Rick Steves’ Travel as a Political Act. In Rick’s own words, “Travel can humanize our world.” Join us as an armchair traveler for this special.

Most important of all, you made each of these specials possible through your financial support, your advocacy of PBS12 and public media, and your feedback. We listen and respond to viewers and members who contact us with ideas, concerns and suggestions as you are at the heart of every program decision we make. We trust in you just as you trust in PBS12.

Let’s roll up our sleeves and have a great October!


Kim Johnson
President & General Manager