The integrity and impartiality of the journalists at Colorado Public Radio
Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, recently attacked Colorado Public Radio’s credibility as an impartial Colorado news source in an opinion column in The Denver Post.
As vice president of CPR News, I’d like to set the record straight.
I’ve worked for CPR for 24 years — 11 of them as head of the newsroom. I don’t ask how my staff voted. Our hiring process prohibits us from asking about ideological preferences, much less hiring people based on their responses. Plus, it’s simply immaterial to being a journalist at CPR.
Personal preferences and opinions are not the focus of any story we do. Our job is to seek input from the community, thoroughly explore the most important issues impacting all Coloradans using a range of sources, and provide context on what those issues mean for our state.
This approach is reflected in a strict code of ethics that CPR News staff are required to follow, which exists to protect and support the integrity, impartiality and conduct of our journalists. This includes:
•Being free of obligation to any interest other than the public’s right to know the truth.
• Striving to present the course or nature of news material in a way that is complete, accurate and fair.
• Showing respect for the dignity, privacy, rights and well-being of people encountered in the course of gathering the news.
I believe that our reporting represents these principles, and I stand by the quality and impartiality of our work.
As a community resource held account- able to our mission by those we serve — the Colorado community itself — we invite the public to evaluate our content at cpr.org and judge for themselves. We’ll gladly take comments and feedback via our website or on social media.
Kelley Griffin is vice president of Colorado Public Radio News.