Luke Runyon

AgriBusiness Reporter

I'm a reporter with Harvest Public Media based at KUNC, covering the wide range of agricultural stories in Colorado.

I came to KUNC in March 2013, after spending about two years as a reporter with Aspen Public Radio in Aspen, Colorado.

During my time in Aspen, I was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. for my reporting and production work. My reports have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

I'm the product of two farm families in central Illinois, which is where I spent most of my formative years. Before moving to Colorado I spent a year covering local and state government for Illinois Public Radio and WUIS in the state's capital. I have a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield, the same place where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.



Wed September 18, 2013
Colorado Flood

Uncertainty Follows Floodwaters For Tourism Dependent Estes

A disappearing road shown just outside Estes Park
Luke Runyon KUNC

The town of Estes Park was dealt a harsh blow in the recent rain and subsequent flooding that hit Colorado’s Front Range. The town is still essentially cut off, with few ways in and out. For a town dependent on tourism, limited access means fewer dollars being spent.

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Tue September 17, 2013
Colorado Flood

Road Repairs From Flooding Could Top Half A Billion Dollars

A view of a road destroyed by heavy rains, with some areas receiving as much as 18 inches in a 24-hour period in Boulder, Colo., Sept. 14.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Wallace Bonner/Released

As the remaining flood survivors continue to be airlifted out of towns cut off by flooding, the focus is beginning to shift to recovery. Specifically on the very reason they have to be airlifted: roads.

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Mon September 16, 2013
Colorado Flood

After Rain Delay, Colorado Flood Rescues To Resume

A whirlpool forms in floodwaters near 71st Ave in Greeley. Officials continue to warn that standing water should be avoided due to unseen hazard and contaminates.
Nathan Heffel KUNC


Thu September 5, 2013
Reporter's Notebook

Colorado Prison Profits In Niche Markets

A prisoner at Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colo. pulls a net full of tilapia out of the water for processing. This tilapia is then sold to Whole Foods markets across the Rocky Mountain region.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Along the banks of the upper Arkansas River sits a very diverse farm: three different dairy operations, pheasants, lobster and tilapia farms, acres of corn, blackberry bushes, even antique tractor restoration. But there's a twist.

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Wed September 4, 2013

Colorado Prison Has Buffalo Milk On Lockdown

The Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colo ., is home to what may well be the country’s largest water buffalo dairy.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media