Durango Local News started as Durango TV (DTV), Durango’s original local television station serving the greater Durango area on Spectrum Channel 15, which provides Durango residents with daily newscasts from KUSA Denver 9 NEWS. When Denver 9 NEWS finishes its broadcasts each day, we use this same channel 15 to transit NEWS and marketing, broadcasting 3-5 minute short local NEWS stories on positive, important, inspiring topics.
In 2017, we expanded the broadcast to a small network of digital displays in high traffic retail locations across Durango and at the airport. We immediately found that they helped us reach more locals each day and the feedback was very positive. We continued to expand the network of displays and our success.
In 2020, Durango Local News Durango became part of Local News Network, aimed at bringing this revolutionary and sustainable model of local news to small towns across the USA.
After a successful career in technology and management, Laurie opened the Durango FASTSIGNS® in 2009. In 2013, she purchased DurangoTV. Laurie was the Colorado State Competition winner with her 2018 Business Plan for starting a visual communications company. She was also awarded Entrepreneur for the year award in 2020 by Durango Chamber of Commerce and FASTSIGNS Award her their prodigious FASTSIGNS Franchisee of the year in 2015.
After an award-winning journalism career, she joined Laurie in 2013 to launch Durango TV and blended her knowledge of journalism and public relations to build a proven process for creating short video news stories that are relevant to the community and have in-depth reporting. As NEWS Producer of LNN, she trains journalists how to transition from a print-based writer to a video journalist, how to find relevant and important stories in their community, and how to write stories using the LNN VideoScript Template™.
After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Film from Montana State University, Zach moved to Los Angeles where he worked freelance in the film and television industry. When the pandemic brought him back to his hometown Durango in 2020, he had a serendipitous encounter with Matt Crossett of the LNN while hiking, and soon after joined the LNN team. As videographer and editor, Zach employs his love for visual storytelling to produce content that's relevant and engaging to the community he loves the most.
Wendy Graham Settle (PHR, SHRM-CP) is a dynamic Learning and Development professional with a passion for marketing. Her superpower is clear written and verbal communication on camera or in front of live audiences. Her rich 20 year career includes work with small tech startups and large Fortune 500 corporations. Wendy's international relations background and energy for travel and languages gives her a global view that makes it easy for her to quickly connect and influence. She is a credentialed human resource professional through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Human Capital Institute (HCI). Outside of corporate training, Wendy leads a variety of music, song and dance events across the USA and around the world.
Hannah Robertson is a Durango native who grew up exploring the Four Corners area. After graduating from Cornell College in Iowa with a Bachelors in English and History, she moved to Wales in the United Kingdom to pursue a Masters of International Journalism at Cardiff University. After returning to Durango due to the pandemic, she met with Laurie Sigillito and joined the news team as a journalist and video editor, where she has continued to hone her writing and video skills for both Durango news stories and beginning in Farmington in March 2022. Outside of the news world, Hannah enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.