Hello! My name is Natalia V. Navarro. As the morning reporter at Colorado Public Radio in Denver, I help statewide listeners kickstart their days with the information they need. I cover everything from business to arts to crime. I’m also a regular contributor to NPR.
Who am I? I have my master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. I am passionate about ethics and equity and journalism. In 2017, I helped start the Journalism and Women Symposium Arizona chapter. My long-term professional goal is to one day work as a foreign correspondent.
My biggest personal goal is to visit 100 countries. I’m 12 percent done. I spend my free time yelling my answers to Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! quizzes at my car radio and trying to take the perfect picture of my cat. I was a competitive Irish dancer for 18 years and have competed all across the country. During grad school, I took a break from dancing. Now that I am in the Mile High City, I’m trying my hand at a winter sport: ice skating.
My master’s professional project (completed in lieu of an academic thesis) is entitled “Why America? A Citizenship Podcast” and covers the ins and outs of naturalization in the U.S. The project, which lives permanently on a website I designed, includes a two-podcast series on naturalization and citizenship in the U.S., a collection of audio Citizen Stories and extensive research on the history and reality of the naturalization process.
I worked as a freelancer for a couple of years during school primarily at the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson’s only daily newspaper. I got my start there during my undergraduate career as an apprentice. Also during my undergrad, I interned at an alternative weekly and worked as a radio reporting/ production intern at Tucson’s NPR member station.