A recovering newspaper journalist, Susan reported for papers in California and Nevada before her 13 years as a reporter and then 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. She has been honored in recent years by the ACLU, Society of Professional Journalists and Colorado Press Association for her civil rights coverage and First Amendment work. Yes, she's the journalist who was handcuffed and told to "Act like a lady" by Denver cops. And no, she's not using the legal settlement to lend you money.
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. She has national recognition for her reporting on immigration, education and urban poverty, including the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Frank del Olmo "Print Journalist of the Year" award and the National Headliner Award. She is also a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame for commentary. In October 2019, Tina was inducted into the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame. Tina lives 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.
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.
Corey HutchinsCONTRIBUTING WRITER
Hutchins is Columbia Journalism Review's Rocky Mountain contributor for the United States Project and Colorado College's Journalist in Residence.
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.
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.