The Colorado Independent,2020
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Laura Frankexecutive director
Laura pioneered collaborative journalism in Colorado as the founder of I-News, the nonprofit investigative news organization that merged with Rocky Mountain Public Media in 2013, the first such merger in the nation. She led the journalism team there for seven years, and now leads 20+ newsrooms in collaborative reporting through the Colorado News Collaborative. She is a Denver native who spent 20 years reporting for newspapers, radio and public television around the country, specializing in investigative reporting and data analysis. She was a founding member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and now serves as its board chair. Her work has won awards in both broadcast and print, and led to changes in laws and lives.
Susan reported in California, Nevada and Washington, D.C. before her 13 years as a reporter and news columnist at The Denver Post. She went on to become the editor and executive director of The Colorado Independent before it merged this year with COLab. “Trashing the Truth,” a series she reported with Miles Moffeit, helped exonerate five men, prompted state and federal reforms on evidence preservation and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative journalism. Her investigation,“The Gray Box,” exposed the effects of long-term solitary confinement. Susan has been honored in recent years by the National Press Foundation, ACLU, Society of Professional Journalists and Colorado Press Association for her First Amendment work and coverage of criminal justice, mental health and civil rights. She was selected as a 2020-2021 Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Journalism Fellow, and is the inaugural recipient of the Benjamin von Sternenfels Rosenthal Grant for Mental Health Investigative Journalism — a partnership between The Carter Center’s Mental Health Program and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). Susan lives in Denver with her two sons and a dog they’re pretty sure is the messiah.
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 in Fort Collins with her husband and two kids. She’s a native New Mexican and prefers red over green.
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 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.