DENVER — KUSA’s Colorado & Company has its first new host in its 15-year history. 

Amelia Earhart is moving from her position as 9NEWS traffic reporter to take on the hosting responsibilities of the vibrant morning sponsored lifestyle show.

“Amelia has been an integral part of our morning team at 9NEWS," said KUSA General Manager Mark Cornetta. "She is positive, smart and filled with passion. When Amelia expressed interest in the ‘COCO’ host position I couldn’t help but get excited and a little nervous. Excited for what she can bring to the show but nervous to think of her not being on our morning team. At the end of the day, I am thrilled to have Amelia growing her career with us and can’t wait to see how she reshapes mid-mornings on 9NEWS.”

Colorado & Company features a mix of sponsored and lifestyle content. 

“With Amelia on staff, we can step out of the box and innovate how ‘COCO’ looks and feels,” said Executive Producer Risa Friskey, “We’ll engage viewers in new, exciting ways. It’ll be fun to watch!”

Over 100 candidates from across the country were considered for the position. Friskey knows the job is demanding.

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“Hosting ‘COCO’ is no small feat…it takes a high level of sincere curiosity, enthusiasm and warmth to be successful. Amelia in an influencer…she embodies the positive energy, community spirit and creativity our viewers and guests deserve," Friskey said.

“Amelia possesses so many qualities that our community, clients and Colorado & Company will benefit from," said 9NEWS Director of Marketing and Brand Blair Nelson. "Our clients and partners will deeply benefit from her energy, ideas, enthusiasm and presence. We are excited for the future!"

Amelia Earhart December 2017

Earhart named one of the Top Ten Young Americans by the Jaycees, has successfully balanced a TV and radio career for over ten years. 

She raised nearly $2 million in corporate sponsorships to complete her around the world flight, and created the Fly With Amelia Foundation, granting flight training scholarships to young women between the ages of 16 and 18. 

She is a familiar face in the Colorado community, speaking for and hosting some of our state’s premier events as well as spending time in classrooms with students at all grade levels. 

With over 100,000 engaged social followers, Amelia facilitates worthwhile conversation, while maintaining high standards of respect and kindness. On Instagram, she shares her own personal artwork, “Aerial Abstracts”, based on aerial photography from her global flight.

Earhart will begin appearing on Colorado & Company in late December, taking on the full-time position as host in January of 2020.

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