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Susan Greene

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.

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Tina Griego

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.

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Alison Cooper

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.


  • Damian Thorman, founder of True North Philanthropic Partners, LLC
  • Melissa Milios Davis, Vice President of Strategic Communications and Informed Communities, Gates Family Foundation
  • Jill Farschman, CEO of the Colorado Press Association


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