To produce the most important, most informative, 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 was re-established in 2013 as a wholly independent entity run in Colorado by Coloradans. We are a 503(c)(3) non-profit funded solely by grants and tax-deductible 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. Read our Code of Ethics here.
P.O. Box 201074
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 three 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? Tax-deductible donations? Terrific. Make her day. Drop her a line.
Kyle Harris, managing editor
Kyle has covered police killings, life in a mental hospital, urban gardening, tiny-house wars, same-sex marriage, art-world censorship and filmmaking as a feature contributor to Westword and Out Front Colorado. In 2009 he co-founded the online magazine The Precarious. In 2008 he launched the award-winning sex-politics site Queer Radical. He has programmed documentaries and produced television shows for Free Speech TV. His most recent movie, U.S.E.D., chronicles Colorado’s fight to legalize syringe exchange. He currently serves as treasurer on the board of Working Films.
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.
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, intern
Kelsey first started working for The Independent as a freelancer covering the Aurora theater shooting trial. As an intern, she now writes about energy, sustainability and human rights. She’s originally from St. Louis but has also lived and worked in Oklahoma, China and Nicaragua. She will graduate with her master’s in environmental journalism from CU Boulder in May.
Nancy Lofholm, contributor
Nancy Lofholm has been a journalist for more than 40 years, most of that on the Western Slope of Colorado. She worked for The Denver Post for 17 years and currently is freelancing and exploring book possibilities in “retirement.” She likes nothing better than telling the unique, and sometimes quirky, stories of the Western half of the state.
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.
Our Advisory Board:
Karen Ashmore, co-founder, Ashmore Duval Consulting
Susan Barnes-Gelt, former at-large Denver Councilwoman and currently a Denver Post columnist
Leah Charney, community manager, Wide Fo.Cus Social Media
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
For a list of Colorado Independent donors, go here.
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