Storytellers of Color: Vic Vela Shares His Comeback Story

Our new monthly show, Storytellers of Color, airs on the second Monday of each month as part of A Public Affair on KGNU. The major goal of the show is to provide a safe space for communicators of color, through a series of conversations, to elevate their voices and discuss issues of equality in the media. The show is inspired by recent gatherings of various working groups, including Latinx Voices, organized by Diamond Hardiman from Free Press’ News Voices Colorado Project, and Journos of Color Network led by Tina Griego, reporter, editor, and coach from Colorado News Collaborative. 

Today’s guest is Vic Vela, an award-winning journalist and sports reporter for Colorado Public Radio. Vela’s new podcast, “Back From Broken,” explores stories of recovery and comes back. Vela has his own experience with addiction. For 15 years, he struggled with cocaine and other substance abuse. He tested positive for HIV in 2006. Vela’s clean now and healthy thanks to a rigorous routine of antiretroviral therapy.

In today’s segment, Rossana Longo Better talks with Vela about his years of addiction, living with HIV and his new podcast.



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The Storytellers of Color series is a collaborative effort, with an open invitation to other storytellers to come into our airwaves, to tell their stories, and to occupy the safe space we are providing every second Monday of the month.

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