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Susan Greene

EDITOR

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.

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Tina Griego

MANAGING 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.

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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.

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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.

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Alex Burness

REPORTER

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.

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John Herrick

CONTRIBUTING 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.

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Lars Gesing

CONTRIBUTING 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.

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Mary Winter

EDITOR

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. Joan

NEWS 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.

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Mark A. Castillo

DIGITAL 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

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.

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OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Holly Armstrong, ArmstrongInk
  • Dan Fletcher, Beacon founder
  • Ann McCabe, consultant, business development, digital transformation and leadership
  • Durham Monsma, former newspaper publisher and Times Mirror executive
  • Adam Mordecai, Head of Story & Culture for MotiveAI
  • Jane Potts, creator of projects for the arts, nonprofit organizations, community development, business and education
  • Susan Greene, non-voting member

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