Steve Chavis

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

Steve Chavis is co-host for KUVO/KVJZ's morning program, First Take with Lando and Chavis, as well as being Public Affairs Manager for the award-winning Jazz format radio station in Denver. Steve began in public radio as an intern in Detroit. He served in the early days of KGNU in Boulder, too. Along the way he was news director for KBCO, KHOW and KHIH, and spent a dozen years directing communications for an international non-profit organization in Denver. 
In addition to rising early to get First Take started at 6:00 a.m., Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.
Steve and his bride Theonita have been married for 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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Eats & Beats
12:24 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Denver's Westwood: solutions to the 'food desert'

After seven years of organizing and getting their fingers in the dirt (literally), West Denver's Re:Vision won a $1.2 million performance-based loan from Denver's Office of Economic Development.  Executive Director of Re:Vision Eric Kornacki visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe how the grant will help them expand local, healthy food choices for the Westwood neighborhood of 6,000+ households, considered a "food desert."

"There are no grocery stores or corner stores or physical access points where somebody can buy affordable, healthy food," said Kornacki.

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News
2:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Meet the woman who rode her bike across Afghanistan

Credit Mikhail Galustov www.outsideonline.com

It's one of the best opening lines we've ever heard: "Did you hear about the woman who rode a mountain bike across Afghanistan?"  She's Breckenridge resident Shannon Galpin.

"I went to Afghanistan in 2008 to work with women and girls, to support the voice of the women of a country that is repeatedly ranked the worst place in the world to be a woman," said Galpin, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, TedX Mile High presenter, activist, author and mom.

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In the Studio
1:03 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

History Colorado explores race: a visual conversation

The opening image of the "Race: Are We So Different" exhibit at History Colorado.
Credit Courtesy History Colorado

History Colorado  Center's exhibit "Race: Are We So Different?" shatters the idea that racial identity is born from genetic makeup. It focuses on the social construct of race as a tool that certain groups have used to build wealth on the backs of others.

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Eats & Beats
3:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Eats & Beats: 5280 Mag's "25 Best Restaurants"

A dish served at Acorn, Denver.
Credit www.5280.com

The premise: fine dining is out.  Casual dining is in.  But 5280 Magazine's food editor Amanda Faison compiled a list of the "25 Best Restaurants" in the metro Denver area.  She shared her opinion (and some tasty tips) on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

"I wouldn't say (fine dining) is over.  I would say it's shifting," said Faison.   "It's the same quality as a fine dining restaurant, but it's in a more casual environment."

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News
1:35 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Chalkbeat.org: Nic Garcia explains "Jeffco Interrupted"

Credit Nicholas Garcia, www.co.chalkbeat.org

First a teacher "sickout" over pay, then students at two high schools walk out of class.  Then students at another school got involved.  What's happening?  Recent changes to the Advance Placement history curriculum seem to have prompted this firestorm of academic debate.  Nic Garcia with Chalkbeat.org visited "First Take with Lando & Chavis" to explain the controversy.

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