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Independent Journalism in Colorado Takes Another Hit

Jason Salzman | Posted 11.12.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Health News Colorado folded last month, after five years of taking shots from both the left and right. But it was praised by the Columbia Journalism Review and others for its detailed reporting, often covering major health-policy developments that were completely overlooked.

Gun Extremists May Propel Colorado Senate Candidate

Jason Salzman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Everyone knows Brown loves Neville, and vice versa, and it goes beyond their mutual dream of eliminating all background checks on anyone who purchases any gun anywhere, in this life or the next.

How to Be a Successful Sitting Duck

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It's after Labor Day, and the thin lineup of Colorado Republicans even thinking about challenging Sen. Michael Bennet would make you believe they're scared of Bennet and his war chest.

GOP Senate Candidate Blaha Expects Attacks from 'Permanent Political Class'

Jason Salzman | Posted 09.17.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Appearing on a Colorado Springs radio station over the weekend, Robert Blaha, a Republican likely to run for U.S. Senate in Colorado, said he expects the "permanent political class" to fire attacks and lies at him, as it did when he ran for office previously.

Fear and Loathing at 'The Denver Post': Leading Outdoors Columnist Dropped for No Good Reason

David Petersen | Posted 09.02.2015 | Denver
David Petersen

Recently, two editors at The Denver Post decided to ditch the paper's long-running and wildly popular "Outdoors" column... and by extension, to disappear an award-winning Post writer of some 20 years, Scott Willoughby.

Denver Post Society Editor Departs After 29 Years

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Joanne Davidson's coverage of social gatherings, fundraisers, and nonprofit events was a benefit to our community, beyond what many people understand. Her work will be missed.

Ending a 31-Year Run at The Denver Post

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Claire Martin departed from the newspaper last month, along with 18 other staffers who accepted a buyout offer. Martin was mostly a feature writer at The Post, and her obituaries received national acclaim. Her writing at The Post will be missed.

Denver Post's Lynn Bartels Leaves Journalism After 22 Years as a Reporter in Colorado

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.04.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

After starting her career in New Mexico, Bartels joined the Rocky in 1991 as its night cops reporter. In 2000, she started covering the state legislature. The Denver Post hired Bartels in 2009, immediately after the Rocky closed.

Recalling Coffman's Proposal for English-Only Ballots, as the Voting Rights Act Turns 50

Jason Salzman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Over the weekend, I enjoyed reading Jim Rutenberg's piece in the New York Times magazine on how conservatives have methodically dismantled the Voting...

Why You Should Stop Laughing At The Collapse of The Denver Post And Colorado Journalism

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Can't grandstanding politicians, maybe a few from each party, spotlight the problem and call on philanthropists to step up and fund local journalism? Or figure out something else to say? Even if it's just to acknowledge the tragedy unfolding in front of us?

Attack on "Liberal Columnist" Spotlights Tragic Defeat of Family-Planning Legislation

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.18.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In her column, Pollitt provided the widely-known fact that insurance companies are not currently paying for the services and care provided by the LARC program.

City Council Candidate Still Not Explaining GOP Support

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.27.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Wayne New told the Post he supports left-leaning initiatives, like a plastic-bag fee, and he doesn't want to get into partisan scrapping. Fair enough. But it's not a partisan attack to want to know why Wayne New donated to Cory Gardner. It's a substantive question.

I'm Not Talking to You, Denver Post

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.21.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

If you're a journalist, this is the kind of  irony that makes you want to jump into the raging Platte River: Colorado's Treasurer Walker Stapleton is trashing a Denver Post article as "completely misleading," even though Stapleton refused an interview request.

Business Owner Offering Discount for White People Is Republican Candidate in Colorado

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.12.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The co-owner of a barbecue joint that will give "white Americans" a discount is an active Republican candidate for the Colorado State House. The story about the discount for white people has gone viral nationally. But news outlets haven't reported Antillon's connection to the Republican Party.

Best Reporting on Colorado Legislature This Year

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Below, I've listed some of my favorite reporting about Colorado's legislative session that ended Wednesday.

Who's the Guy Who Tried to Order a Cake With 'Homosexuality Is a Detestable Sin' on It?

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

It turns out that Bill Jack, the man who placed this cake order, is also a sometime talk-show host. I would describe Jack as a deeply religious individual who feels so besieged and alienated by normal life in America that he's had to carve out an extreme path to function in everyday society. His path has an internal logic to it, but to the rest of us, it can be hateful and discriminatory.

Longmont Killer Already Faces Life Sentence

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.20.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

At the heart of Thursday's Denver Post editorial supporting a personhood bill introduced by State Sen. Bill Cadman is the argument that Colorado needs a new law to penalize people like Dynel Lane, who faces over 100 years in prison for cutting Michelle Wilkins's fetus from her womb.

Departing Denver Post Writer Worries That Journalism Is Becoming a 'Low-Wage Profession'

Jason Salzman | Posted 06.07.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Alicia Caldwell ended a 12-year run at The Denver Post Tuesday when she left the newspaper for a job as communications director for the Colorado Department of Human Services. Before her departure from the Post last week, Caldwell answered a few questions via email about journalism, the Post, and her new job.

Let's Appreciate the Post's Coverage of City Council Races--While We Can

Jason Salzman | Posted 05.28.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

God love The Denver Post for actually factually covering Denver's city council races with a little bit of breadth and a little bit of depth.

Denver Post Closes Western Slope Bureau

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.19.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Another in a string of highly regarded journalists to leave The Denver Post in the last few years, Nancy Lofholm walked away from the newspaper Feb. 6, after The Post closed its Western Slope bureau, which Lofholm directed.

Where's the Gun Ban Predicted by Republicans?

Jason Salzman | Posted 04.04.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

ColoradoPols did us a favor yesterday by trotting out some of the ridiculous misinformation delivered by opponents of gun-safety laws when Democrats passed those laws in 2013. And Pols pleaded with local reporters to correct such falsehoods if they pop up this year.

'I Don't Owe People Who Are Here Illegally Anything'

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The headline is a quote from Republican Rep. Ken Buck, making us proud just hours before he was sworn in today as a U.S. Representative from Colorado.

Former Denver Post Editor Dead At 91

AP | Posted 01.19.2015 | Media

DENVER (AP) — William H. Hornby, a former managing editor, executive editor and vice president at The Denver Post, has died. He was 91. ...

Denver Post Deflects War-on-Christmas Attack

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.19.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

In its annual "Friend or Foe of Christmas" campaign, the Liberty Counsel, a right-wing Florida-based organization, is targeting The Denver Post for allegedly banning newspaper carriers from writing "Marry Christmas" on holiday cards that they give to newspaper subscribers.

Journalists Discuss Difficulty in Breaking Candidates From Scripted Lines

Jason Salzman | Posted 01.13.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

I thought local journalists could have at least tried to break the campaign script more often during the last election. And even if they didn't break it completely, they could have spotlighted candidates' manipulative or repetitive talking points more clearly for voters.