I have loved writing since I was a child, and fortunately I’ve been able to write professionally as an adult. This is a very rough estimate, but I would say my work has been published more than 2,500 times. Fans of my Colorado Daily work might already know that it’s tough to find online, so I spent some time in 2017 digitizing old paper copies, and I’ve posted some of my favorites below. Enjoy!
It was a great honor to cover Presidential-level events, partially because of the heavy issues, but also because of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the visit.
Boulder Weekly – Mad as Hell: 2008 Endorsement of Barack Obama
Colorado Daily – Obama Speaks at Denver University
Colorado Daily – President Bush Visits Denver, Picks Up $1 Million
Colorado Daily – Alexandra Kerry Visits CU-Boulder
Colorado Daily – Andre Heinz Visits CU-Boulder (John Kerry’s stepson)
Colorado Daily – Libertarian Badnarik Visits CU-Boulder
Many journalists seek to cover Presidential or federal affairs, but I really enjoyed my time covering local politics. In Boulder County, the local stuff gets very detailed and geeky, and it helps determine our quality of life.
Boulder Blue Line – 2017 Boulder City Council Candidate Profiles
Colorado Daily/Sunday Edition- Flood Fears: It Could Happen Here, Too! But is Boulder Prepared for the Worst?
Colorado Daily – Students, Get Active in Your Community
Colorado Daily/Sunday Edition – Factions, Not Parties, in Local Elections
Colorado Daily/Sunday Edition – Boulder Flooding Issues (written long before 2013 flood)
Colorado Daily/Sunday Edition – Holiday Neighborhood: Home for Hundreds
Colorado Daily – Boulder County Super IGA Signed
Congressional Record – Then-Rep. Mark Udall posted my story on the Super IGA in the Congressional Record
Colorado Daily – Commissioner Tom Mayer Faces Cancer
Colorado Daily – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day in Boulder
Colorado Daily – Council Approves Transit Village Area Plan
Colorado Daily/Sunday Edition – On the Transit Village Area Plan
In 2017, I served as the lead author for a 24-page pamphlet on Boulder County’s Worthy Cause III program. In short, Worthy Cause has provided capital project grant funding for human services nonprofit agencies since the year 2000. Or, click the link below for the entire pamphlet on Worthy Cause III, which has been in effect from 2008-present.
Once yearly, we put together a lengthy Election Guide that readers could pull out and keep as a voting resource. It was hard work but rewarding, as we provided fact, opinion, images and graphics, and links to other resources to help voters hopefully make informed choices at the ballot box. One side benefit – I always considered myself a highly informed voter after spending weeks putting these things together!
Colorado Daily – Election Guide 2003
Colorado Daily – Election Guide 2004
Colorado Daily – Election Guide 2005
Colorado Daily – Election Guide 2006
Colorado Daily – Election Guide 2007
I was getting ready to go to dinner on my birthday in 2006 when I learned of a new arrest in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case. This ruined my dinner plans, but led to a tremendously interesting several weeks for a local journalist, and I got the chance to rub elbows with other journalists from establishment national news outlets to the tabloids.
Colorado Daily – New Arrest in Ramsey Case
Colorado Daily – Mary Lacy Press Conference
Colorado Daily – Karr Bomb (just a cover, but it tells a story!)
Colorado Daily – Aftermath of Karr Bust
Colorado Daily – Comprehensive JonBenet/Karr Wrapup
Federal officeholders and decisions obviously impact local ways of life, so I felt it was important to cover federal issues with an eye on how they could impact life in Boulder County.
Colorado Daily – FCC Discusses Media Consolidation, Local Perspectives
Colorado Daily – Future Sen. Al Franken Visits Boulder
Colorado Daily – Rachel Maddow Gives Molly Ivins Keynote Speech
Colorado Daily – Jared Polis/Joan FitzGerald in CD2 Race
Colorado Daily – Polis and FitzGerald Trade Money Barbs
Colorado Daily – Pat Schroeder Stumps For Polis
Colorado Daily – Will Shafroth Endorsement From Federico Pena
Colorado Daily – Ken Salazar Announces Run For U.S. Senate
Colorado Daily – Mark Udall Authors Letter on Rocky Flats
Women’s Magazine – Candidate Questionnaire
I remember with great fondness the first time I attended a press conference at the State Capitol in Denver. State government is the next-highest level closest to local government, and in my opinion one of the great casualties of shrinking newsrooms is the reliance on downloading stories from the AP or other sources on state or federal issues – when a local journalist could uncover the local impacts.
Colorado Daily – Rollie Heath Announces Run For Senate
Colorado Daily – Brief Profile of Rollie Heath
Colorado Daily – Rollie Heath, Cindy Carlisle Set To Debate
Colorado Daily – State Works on Voting Bill, Local Activists Weigh In
Colorado Daily – Bill Signing at Area Wind Power Facility
Colorado Daily – Local Voting Activists Sue Secretary of State
Colorado Daily – Local Voting Activists Speak at State Capitol
I truly cut my journalistic teeth as a sportswriter, and had the great fortune of covering the ultra-successful University of Colorado distance runners for my first real job. I spent time with the legendary coach Mark Wetmore, saw a number of CU NCAA Cross Country championships in person, met individual NCAA champs and Olympian athletes, and covered international elites via the Bolder Boulder 10K.
Colorado Daily – 2002 CU Cross Country Primer
Colorado Daily – Profile of CU Coach Mark Wetmore
Colorado Daily – Jorge Torres Wins NCAA Cross
Colorado Daily – CU Wins Two NCAA Cross Country Titles in One Day
Colorado Daily – Profile of Jenny Barringer
Colorado Daily – Bolder Boulder 2004
Colorado Daily – Bolder Boulder 2005
Colorado Daily – CU Men Win NCAA Title
Colorado Daily – Bolder Boulder 2006
Colorado Daily – Bolder Boulder 2007
Colorado Daily – Dathan Ritzenhein Wins NCAA Cross
With expanding populations come the need for transportation solutions, and I always loved poring through planning documents and interviewing officials responsible for our transportation future.
Colorado Daily – Five-Part Series on FasTracks
Colorado Daily – Gov. Owens Announces US 36 EIS
Colorado Daily – Toll Lane for SH 93?
Colorado Daily – On The Future of U.S. 36, Boulder Turnpike
Truth be told – I wrote some of the staff editorials for the Colorado Daily Friday editions, but was extremely glad that I wasn’t a full-time editorialist. In my opinion, opinions are better when based on institutional knowledge or hours of research, and I hope that showed in some of these pieces.
Colorado Daily – For God’s Sake, Cyclists and Drivers Shouldn’t Fight
Colorado Daily – Bzdelik hiring sparks buzz for CU basketball
Boulder Blue Line – Term Limits: There’s No Need
Colorado Daily – Higher Ed Funding Good For Seven Generations
Colorado Daily – Just Say No on Bad Initiatives
Daily Camera – Council Term Limits Not Needed
Colorado Daily – On Rational Behavior
Colorado Daily – Pops, Scrapes, and FAR
Contrary to certain opinion, I am pro-business – assuming it’s moral and ethical. I’ve spent about 75 percent of my working life in the private sector, including several stints in small business management. I hope my experience lent some legitimacy to my business writing, as I do respect that business is responsible for our livelihoods and components of our quality of life.
Colorado Daily – 100-year Anniversary of Boulder Chamber of Commerce
Colorado Daily – Conoco Phillips Coming to Louisville
Colorado Daily – IBM Opens Green Data Center
Colorado Daily – Wild Oats to Locate HQ at Twenty Ninth Street
Colorado Daily – Oats, Whole Foods, and the FTC
Colorado Daily – Groundbreaking at The Peloton
Colorado Daily – Boulder Economic Summit
Colorado Daily – The Late, Great Robb’s Music
Colorado Daily – On the Rolf Institute
Colorado Daily – Twenty Ninth Street Plan Passes Planning Board
Boulder is a scientific community, with great contributions from the University of Colorado, private-sector business, and the NOAA/NIST federal labs. It was tremendously interesting to cover some of Boulder’s scientific advances.
Colorado Daily/Sunday Edition – Weed Control Using – Insects
Colorado Daily – Unisex Fish in Boulder Creek