A recovering newspaper journalist, Susan reported for papers in California and Nevada before her 13 years as a political reporter, national reporter and metro columnist at The Denver Post. “Trashing the Truth,” a series she reported with Miles Moffeit, helped exonerate five 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. The ACLU honored her in 2017 for her years of civil rights coverage, and the Society of Professional Journalists honored her in April with its First Amendment Award.
Tina GriegoMANAGING 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 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.
Alex cut his teeth as the Boulder Daily Camera‘s city hall reporter and, prior to that, as an education reporter at the Loveland Reporter-Herald. He’s interested in city issues, governance and homelessness, and he once spent two months investigating the suspicious death of a backyard rooster. Alex is a Maryland native who’s lived in Illinois, Chile and now Denver.
John HerrickCONTRIBUTING WRITER
John covered the 2018 legislative session for The Colorado Independent. Previously, he wrote for another nonprofit online news organization, VTDigger.org, covering the energy and environment beat. Between reporting stints, he likes to be outside. He’s been variously employed as a trail builder, tree feller, stoat trapper and photographer.
Lars GesingCONTRIBUTING WRITER
Lars Gesing is a German-born freelance political writer based in Denver. He has a Master’s degree in journalism from the CU-Boulder’s College of Media, Communication and Information. He moved back to Colorado in the fall of 2018 after two years reporting on the Trump White House in Washington, D.C.
Mary Winter spent her 20s and 30s in Arizona and Texas newsrooms, landing at Denver’s Rocky Mountain News in 1986, where her jobs included features editor, columnist and assistant city editor overseeing legislative coverage. In 2000, she left to become a dot-com millionaire. Disappointment ensued. She returned to the Rocky and was there when E.W. Scripps turned out the lights in 2009. Since then, she’s edited and written news and commentary for The Denver Post, RealClearPolitics.com, the National Conference of State Legislatures and Columbia Journalism Review. She lives in Denver and Phoenix and has no hobbies because cable news sucks up her time.
Jacqueline St. JoanNEWS 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.
Mark A. CastilloDIGITAL AND ENGAGEMENT EDITOR
Mark got his start as a website development and sales entrepreneur before graduating college. Forging his own path into the world of digital marketing, he has helped a long list of clients with creative direction, conversion/growth strategy, online presence, and digital client-relationship development. He has a wife, 3 kids, 2 guinea pigs, a Russian hamster and a cat. Mark is not a journalist or a writer by profession. But, man, people sure do love his Facebook posts.
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.
Alison CooperADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
A Colorado native, Alison graduated from Vassar College with a degree in English. On her way to San Francisco, she fell in love with another Colorado native and got married. She worked for a title insurance company and then raised three kids, six dogs, two geckos, and numerous fish, turtles, and other critters. Alison spent several years in elementary education, serving as a kindergarten teacher. As her eldest went off to college and her twins entered high school, she welcomed the challenge of wrangling the unruly reporters and editors at The Colorado Independent. In addition to her family, pets, and work, Alison is an avid cook.