Kate Perdoni is a rock musician, artist, and 7x Heartland Emmy-nominated multimedia journalist, host, producer, director, and documentary filmmaker living in south-central Colorado. Kate began a reporting and directing position in public media in 2005 for northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado NPR affiliate KRZA Community Radio, and has been with Rocky Mountain PBS since 2014. A selected list of contributing freelance publications is here.
Kate was born in New Jersey on the banks of the Delaware River and grew up in Bucks County, PA, then on a farm in rural Minnesota with animals, nature and books. As a teenager Kate attended the University of Minnesota - Morris, then Whittier College and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities before graduating from Adams State University.
Kate was named a 2017 Rising Star by the Colorado Springs Business Journal, received the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts’ 2018 EY Next Wave Leadership Award, was the recipient of the 2019 Arts Business Education Cultural Heritage Education Award for documenting the life of Fannie Mae Duncan, and was a 2020 Gates Family Foundation and Colorado Media Project Water Fellow as part of an ongoing documentation of direct stewardship of natural resources.
Amidst a long sub-career as a recording artist and touring musician, Kate signed to Bar/None Records with Eros and the Eschaton in 2013. The band was voted Best Pop Band by the Denver Westword in 2018 and released two albums to national and international press.
Kate has served as Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Arts Council, Vice Chair of the City of Colorado Springs Public Art Commission, and on Advisory Council to the Youth Documentary Academy; and has been honored in production and writing by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.
As a multimedia journalist and television producer, Kate reports, writes and creates from Colorado's Front Range and from the borderlands of what is now the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. See a map of reporting here (best viewed on desktop).
Kate frequently speaks, moderates, emcees, and guest lectures and teaches at high schools, colleges, universities, public programs, and private functions. A list of selected presentations is here.
Background photo by Malisa Ahlin