Sam Fuqua's involvement with independent media goes back to 1990 when he was a community radio volunteer in Minneapolis. He moved to Colorado in 1991 to work as news director at KGNU. He created, produced and hosted a daily morning news program and started a multi-station cooperative to cover the Colorado legislature. He transitioned to KGNU Station Manager in 2007 and led successful efforts to triple the power of the station's FM signal and increase KGNU's visibility and service in metro Denver. He is now the Executive Director of Pop Culture Classroom, a Denver-based literacy and arts nonprofit that uses comics-based lessons to help kids and young adults learn to enjoy reading and tap their inner creativity. Pop Culture Classroom produces the annual Denver Comic Con.
Sam is also an elected member of the Boulder Valley Board of Education, the governing body of a 30,000 student school district serving the southern half of Boulder County. His other interests include music and public libraries.