The Colorado Independent is a statewide online news source operating in a time when spin in plentiful, but factual, fair and unflinching news in the public interest is all too rare. Our award-winning team of veteran investigative and explanatory reporters and news columnists aims to amplify the voices of Coloradans whose stories are unheard, shine light on the relationships between people, power and policy, and hold public officials to account. We strive to report the news with context, social conscience, and soul, and to give Coloradans the insight they need to promote conversation, understanding and process in this square, swing state we call home.
OUR EDITORIAL POLICY
The word “independent” in The Colorado Independent is key to our work. We practice journalism as a public trust and subscribe to standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News:
The Colorado Independent retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We value the importance of maintaining a firewall between news coverage decisions and all sources of revenue. Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their opinions, products or services.
We accept donations, grants and sponsorships from individuals and organizations for the general support of our news gathering and other activities, but our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of financial support.
The Independent may consider donations to support the coverage of particular topics, but we maintain editorial control of the coverage. We will cede no right of review or control of editorial content.
We will make public donors who give a total of $1,000 or more per year. We will accept anonymous donations for general support only if it is clear that sufficient safeguards have been put into place that the expenditure of that donation is made independently by our organization and in compliance with INN’s membership standards.
Read our Code of Ethics here.
We are a 503(c)(3) non-profit funded solely by grants and tax-deductible donations. For a list of Colorado Independent donors, go here.
OUR DISTRIBUTION POLICY
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The Independent was founded in 2006, part of the Washington, DC-based American Independent News Network. The site was re-established in 2013 as a wholly independent entity run in Colorado by Coloradans.
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Susan Greene, editor
Susan joined The Independent in 2013 and led the transition to run the site solely out of Colorado, not D.C. A recovering newspaper journalist, she has reported news since before the first web server was built, and worked 13 years for The Denver Post as a Denver City Hall reporter, political reporter, national reporter and metro columnist. “Trashing the Truth,” a series she reported with Miles Moffeit, helped exonerate four men, prompted reforms on evidence preservation and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism. Her 2012 project, “The Gray Box,” exposed the effects of long-term solitary confinement.
Got news? Time to volunteer? A tax-deductible donations? Bring it on. Drop Susan a line.
Tina Griego, managing editor
Tina was a city columnist for the late great Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. She left Denver for Richmond, Virginia in 2012 and learned the joys of news editing at the city’s alternative newspaper, Style Weekly, and its premiere city mag, Richmond Magazine. She was also a staff writer for the Washington Post and its Storyline public policy/narrative journalism project. Tina is now living in Fort Collins with her husband and two kids. She’s a native New Mexican and prefers red over green.
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.
Gary Clark, contributing editor
Gary has worked as a reporter and editor at three major papers during his career: The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and The Denver Post. His favorite stories were those that chased and revealed truth, justice and the American way.
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.
Marianne Goodland, reporter
Marianne Goodland has been a reporter at the Colorado state Capitol for 18 out of the last 19 sessions, beginning in 1998. She’s covered higher education, state personnel and PERA, elections, water, agriculture, K-12 education, natural resources, ethics, campaign finance and more. She’s written for The Silver & Gold Record, The Colorado Statesman, for newspapers in northeastern Colorado and since 2015 for The Colorado Independent. The Colorado Press Association recognized her work in 2012 for the Statesman, with awards for best infographics, feature political stories and overall excellence.
Corey Hutchins, reporter
Corey Hutchins is a journalist for The Colorado Independent and a correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review’s United States Project. He recently worked on The State Integrity Investigation at the Center for Public Integrity and has written for Slate, The Nation, and The Washington Post, among others.
Kelsey Ray, reporter
Kelsey first started working for The Independent as a freelancer covering the Aurora theater shooting trial in 2015. She now works as a staff reporter and writes about energy, environmental policy, healthcare and immigration. Originally from St. Louis, Kelsey has also lived and worked in Oklahoma, China and Nicaragua. She studied environmental journalism at CU Boulder.
Jacqueline St. Joan, poetry editor
For Jackie, journalism was the road not taken. Instead, she chose law. She worked in Denver as a lawyer, judge, law professor and child advocate for thirty-five years. She has a Masters in creative writing and has won writing awards including a poetry prize from the Denver Press Club. William Carlos Williams wrote: “It is difficult to get news from poems yet men (sic) die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” Poets, she says, can fill in some of the blanks of what isn’t found in the news, but that you know is there, anyway.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Holly Armstrong, ArmstrongInk.
Dr. Patta Baca, community activist and former DPS administrator
Reginald C. Holmes, New Covenant/Alpha Omega Ministries
Ann McCabe, consultant, business development, digital transformation and leadership
Durham Monsma, former newspaper publisher and Times Mirror executive
Denis Moynihan, DemocracyNow!
Ron Sachs, former Janus Fund manager
Brad Udall, CSU’s Center for Science and Technology Policy Research
OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Karen Ashmore, co-founder, Ashmore Duval Consulting
Dan Fletcher, Beacon founder
Wanda James, cannabis entrepreneur
Owen Loftus, Former-Colorado GOP communications director, political communications consultant
Ed Marston, former editor, High Country News
Jim Ridgeway, award winning national journalist
Andrew Wallach, former finance director for the City and County of Denver
Nancy Watzman, veteran campaign finance researcher
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