Luan Akin is the weekday helicopter reporter for CBS4 in Denver, covering stories ranging from spot-news in nature to assignment reporting, to (her favorite) spectacular weather stories. A Colorado native, she joined KCNC in 1979 as a general assignment reporter, and soon began specializing in helicopter reporting. Her colleagues and associates speak of her as a professional broadcast journalist, and it’s clear that she loves her work and her “flying TV studio.”
But as many lives as have been touched by her work on television, Luan plays a role in several communities that is worthy of recognition. Her love of animals is well known: She works with the Denver Dumb Friends League, Max Fund, the Bat Conservation Society and the Delta Society (matching therapy dogs with the people who need them). In addition, the Persian Rescue and the Burro Rescue have a variety of paws and hooves in her home, and she has rescued several goats for the Douglas County 4H group.
Luan has provided the personal and financial commitment to have a well dug at a remote village in Uganda East Africa, in order to provide sanitary drinking water for orphanage kids there. She gives generously of her time and resources to the Loyola school and the Ronald McDonald House; the state’s major universities and college journalism programs know her as a guest speaker and student mentor.
In her spare time, Luan is a Master Gardner and an avid beekeeper. She and her husband, Skip, live in Parker.