To produce the most important, most intelligent, most provocative, most entertaining and fairest journalism in Colorado. We intend to serve the needs of readers and communities throughout the state with this simple but meaningful idea: The only bias we have is for good journalism. We take the role of journalism as a public trust very seriously. The goal is to make impact, to inspire action by moving readers on important issues with stories that provide missing context, unearth buried facts, and amplify unheard voices. As reporter-editor-blogger Andrew Sullivan once said, “The dirty little secret of journalism is that it really isn’t a profession, it’s a craft. All you need is a telephone and a conscience and you’re all set.” The Independent was founded in 2006, part of the Washington, DC-based American Independent News Network. The site is being re-established in 2013 as a wholly independent entity run in Colorado by Coloradans. We are a nonprofit funded solely by grants and donations. We’re not constrained by many of the forces that bridle big media. Steal our copy, please. Post it far and wide. Give us credit.
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Susan Greene, editor
Susan joined The Colorado Independent in January 2013 and has led the transition from a site that was managed out of Washington, D.C. to one that’s fully based here in Colorado and run by Coloradans. A recovering newspaper journalist, she has reported news for 23 years, mostly for dailies in California, Nevada and Colorado. She worked 13 years for The Denver Post as a Denver City Hall reporter, national reporter, political reporter and metro columnist. “Trashing the Truth,” a series she reported with Miles Moffeit about the loss and destruction of DNA evidence, helped exonerate three men, prompted reforms on evidence preservation and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism in 2008. Her 2012 project, “The Gray Box,” exposed the effects of long-term solitary confinement.
John Tomasic, senior writer & web design
John has worked at news, literary and academic publications, including Huffington Post, Business 2.0 and Zoetrope: All-Story. He was an editor at HuffPost’s OffTheBus 2008 presidential election project, and editor at Pop+Politics, the USC journalism website. He was also an editor for the UN commission established to investigate war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
Mike Littwin, columnist
Mike says that before you start counting, he’s been doing this for a while. He’s written news columns, sports columns, features columns, op-ed columns — everything but home-and-gardening columns — for The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun. His first job was covering the Virginia Squires and Dr. J in the late, great American Basketball Association. Since then, he has covered much else of what there is to cover, including one Tour de France, two NBA all-star games, three vice-presidential debates, four presidential inaugurations, five Olympic Games, six national conventions and countless brain-numbing speeches in the New Hampshire and Iowa snow. He and his one wife have one daughter who teaches law at the University of Texas, not that you should hold it against her.
Diane Alters, managing editor
Longtime journalist, teacher, writer. Co-author of Media, Home and Family (Routledge.)
Tessa Cheek, reporter
Tessa graduated from Grinnell College with a Philosophy degree before moving to China to write a book about a villages and farm houses. Great Wall Style is an architectural monograph meets profile and lyric essay (IMAGES Publishing, November 2013). She makes her home in Five Points, Denver.
Bob Berwyn, contributor
Bob writes about energy and the environment while wandering the Colorado Rockies. He’s instagram crazy, a digital-era mountain sickness.
Mike Keefe, editorial cartoonist
Mike Keefe, a longtime staffer with The Denver Post, was the winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning. Among other honors, he has won the National Headliner’s Award, the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Service Medal, The Best of the West Journalism Contest and the Fischetti Cartoon Competition. Nationally syndicated, his cartoons have appeared in Time, Newsweek, Business Week, US News and World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post and hundreds of newspapers and digital news outlets across the country. Keefe served as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. He is the author of three books and co-creator of two nationally-distributed comic strips. A former U.S. Marine and a doctoral student in mathematics, Keefe plays guitar regularly with local oldies cover bands. He is married with two grown children and lives in downtown Denver.
Nate Koch, intern
A senior at East High School, Nate is very new at this journalism thing and wants to beg for your forgiveness in advance. He has worked as an intern at Denver Open Media for two years as a supervising video producer for the student run show Spotlight On Students and has a special place in his heart for anything related to education reform. When Nate grows up he wants to work in the film industry, so any quantity of good luck you can give him would be very well received.
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Nat Stein, intern
Nat Stein is an intern at The Colorado Independent reporting on politics and criminal justice. As a senior Philosophy major at Colorado College, she is an editor of Cipher, a student produced monthly alternative news magazine. There, she specializes in abolishing the oxford comma, spouting puns that would make your dad cringe and chewing on paper clips. Nat is also an intern at local NPR member station KRCC and has been published in Jacobin and In These Times.
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Skyler Leonard, intern
Skyler Leonard is a senior English and journalism major at Colorado State University. At an early age he started journalism, interning at his town’s local paper The Craig Daily Press in high school. Since then, he has reported at The Rocky Mountain Collegian at Colorado State University and was a news editor there this past year. He covers issues ranging from politics to energy and whatever else that comes up.
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