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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I-News Network health reporter Kristin Jones reports on the complex challenges faced by people with a "dual diagnosis," both a developmental disability and a mental illness.  It's just another complication that's wearing down an already over-burdened mental health infrastructure.

Jones writes: A tranquil moment of drawing at the kitchen table cedes to Alex’s high-pitched squeal, his wrists colliding. Once he starts hitting himself, there’s nothing to do but freeze and wait for it to pass.

KUVO's celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month in April is a great occasion to remind our audience of a virtual treasure trove of iconic jazz photographs taken from 1938 to 1948, and they're all in the public domain.  Larry Appelbaum in the Music Division at the Library of Congress joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about photographer William Gottlieb and the collection."Almost all of Gottlieb's shots were done on location," said Appelbaum.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) has issued its latest "Kids Count" policy report, subtitled "Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All Children, New National, State Scorecard on Children’s Progress Shows  Troubling Obstacles, Especially for Children of Color, to Reaching Key Milestones." Laura Speer, associate director for Policy, Research & Data, joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss the findings and recommendations in the report.

Italy Beer Country

Apr 1, 2014

From its humble beginnings in a few basements around the U.S. two decades ago, craft brewing has become a truly worldwide phenomenon.   Two local craft brew enthusiasts turned their passion into the ultimate field trip, searching for craft brews around the wine-dominated countryside of Italy.

The result of their travels  is the book Italy Beer Country. It's being launched in Denver this week, just before the Craft Brewers national convention visits town.  Authors Bryan Jansing and Paul Vismara visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis to describe what they discovered.

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Colorado's statewide experiment with the legalization of marijuana is taking unique forms in various communities.  Lauren Glendenning reported on some of the new laws' applications in the Vail Daily. "They really differ in their strategy and their nervousness about it," Glendenning told "First Take with Lando and Chavis.