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.
Hayley is a Colorado native who has called Durango and thegreater Four Corners area home for the last sixteen years. She joined the LocalNEWS Network team in the spring of 2022 to grow and expand Local NEWS inFarmington, New Mexico. Hayley's relentless enthusiasm and drive to buildcommunity has led to stronger partnerships in Farmington and a growing base offollowers in the Four Corners area. If she's not hosting a new segment ormaking new connections, you can find her outside hiking, paddleboarding, playingwith her kids, or running around with her German Shepherd pup.
Hannah joined the Local NEWS Network team as a videojournalist in February 2021 after completing a Master's in InternationalJournalism from Cardiff University in Wales. A Durango native, she enjoyedlearning about her community in a new way through the lens of her camera.Hannah took over as News Director in the fall of 2022 with the goals ofincreasing the scope and range of the Local NEWS Network in Durango,Montezuma-Cortez, and Farmington.
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. Herrich 20 year career includes work with small tech startups and large Fortune500 corporations. Wendy's international relations background and energy fortravel 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.
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 Planfor starting a visual communications company. She was also awarded Entrepreneurfor the year award in 2020 by Durango Chamber of Commerce and FASTSIGNS Awardher their prodigious FASTSIGNS Franchisee of the year in 2015.
After stints in Austin and Silicon Valley, Nathan co-foundedWeb Services Management in Durango in 2010 - a boutique web services andsoftware company. A seasoned entrepreneur and technology architect, he hasbuilt several Content Management Systems (CMS) systems for media companies, andhas deep experience weaving web, mobile, cloud and backend technologies intocohesive systems.
After an award-winning journalism career, she joined Lauriein 2013 to launch Durango TV and blended her knowledge of journalism and publicrelations to build a proven process for creating short video news stories thatare relevant to the community and have in-depth reporting. As NEWS Producer ofLNN, she trains journalists how to transition from a print-based writer to avideo journalist, how to find relevant and important stories in theircommunity, and how to write stories using the LNN VideoScript Template™.