Steve Chavis

First Take with Lando and Chavis Co-Host & Public Affairs Manager

Steve began his career in public radio as an intern in Detroit and at KGNU in Boulder. Before coming to KUVO, Steve was news director for KBCO, KHOW and KHIH and spent a dozen years directing communications for an international non-profit organization based in Denver. 

In addition to rising early to get First Take with Lando and Chavis started at 6 am, Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.

Steve and his bride, Theonita, have been married 32 years. They are the parents of two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and grand-humans to their German shepherd mix “Bella.”

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The CNBC television show “Restaurant Startup” aired its finale last night.  Congrats to local gastronomic experimentalists Ian Kleinman and Mike Coberlain of The Inventing Room based in Edgewater, Colo.  Kleinman visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the experience.

Among the keynote speakers at the 3rd annual Local Food Summit in Denver was Malik Yakini, from the Detroit Black Food Security Network.  (Detroit is considered by many to be a forerunner in the modern urban gardening movement.)  Yakini gave the "First Take with Lando and Chavis" audience a deeper understanding of the term "food desert."

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Accolades keep rolling in for one of the new, smaller eateries.  Chef Kelly Whitaker of Cart-Driver (and Boulder's Basta) sat down with Steve Chavis and Arturo Gomez to show off some of his simple culinary magic for the Wednesday food feature on the KUVO morning show, called "Eats and Beats."

"Our menu is divided into two places: pizza and etcetera.  Your oyster, your toast program, your mortadella hotdog, and gelato - everything else fits in that last category.  Our menu's pretty short and sweet."

Mass transit is on the rebound, according to new figures from the American Public Transportation Association.  Art Guzzetti, APTA vice-president of Policy and Research told "First Take with Lando and Chavis" that Americans' 10.8 billion trips on public transportation in 2014 was the highest annual ridership number in 58 years.

"You have to go back before the big road-building era - 1956 - to see that number," said Guzzetti.  "And this is in the context of gas prices that were significantly lower than a year ago in the fourth quarter."

Police departments nationwide are dealing with community fallout from the often fatal shootings of unarmed (often black) men.  In the college town of Boulder, Colo., the police department has had Boulder residents participate in its Professional Standards Review Panel, a 20-year old program that puts citizens in the room when allegations against officers are handled.  Sgt. Pat Wyton told "First Take with Lando and Chavis" about current openings on the panel.