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Salome Hansen Breck

Denver radio and television pioneer

Salome Hansen Breck, one of Denver’s radio and television pioneers, died Feb. 13 in Englewood, Colo. She was 95.

She spent eight years in local radio, seven on television and 26 years as editor of the Colorado Episcopalian, a diocesan newspaper. After retiring from the Colorado paper, she edited the Journal of Women Ministries, a publication of the national Episcopal Church in New York City. Breck won 30 awards for her writing and photography in religious journalism.

Her first job in Denver was with KOA radio, where she was co-host with her husband, Mark Hansen, of the “Ned and Nancy Show.” Later, Breck was co-host of a cooking show five days a week on what was then KOA-TV. It was the first women’s program on Denver television.

She was teaching high school drama in Beaver City, Neb., when she met and married lawyer David Simmons in 1928. After his death, she married Hansen, a Denver journalist. After Hansen’s death, she married Allen Breck, a history professor at the U. of Denver. He died in October 2000.

Breck is survived by five children, 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. She was also predeceased by one son.

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