Aspen Journalism is an independent news organization covering Aspen, Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork River watershed, and Western Colorado.
Our nonprofit mission is to produce and distribute local investigative journalism, as we believe well-informed citizens make better decisions.
We collaborate with local and regional media organizations on investigative projects and in-depth stories, and we seek to present local public data in a useful and compelling manner.
We're supported by donors, grantmakers and individuals who value relevant and important journalism.
Please contact us via our contact page.
Aspen Journalism's ethics and values
Aspen Journalism is committed to:
- working in the local public interest;
- meeting the highest standards of investigative journalism;
- being responsive to readers and the public;
- collaborating with local and regional news organizations; and
- being transparent about our funding and affiliations.
Aspen Journalism's editor and executive director
Brent is the founder, editor and executive director of Aspen Journalism. He's also been a reporter at the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times and served as the executive director of Aspen Public Radio. He earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri in 2011 with an emphasis on media management and local nonprofit investigative reporting. As part of his master's program, he spent four months in early 2010 working in ProPublica's communications department. He is a journalism instructor at the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. Brent's reporting has been recognized by the Colorado Press Association, the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Aspen Journalism's board of directors
Tim McFlynn, chair
Tim is the executive director of Public Counsel of the Rockies, the chair of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails Board, and a Manaus Fund board member.
Edgar is an Emmy-winning cameraman and director of photography at WildWood Films in Aspen. Edgar has 40 years of experience filming in mountainous & remote locations.
Mark Harvey is a writer, filmmaker and photographer. He is the author of “The NOLS Wilderness Guide” and the producer and director of the documentary “A Land Out of Time.” Mark is the current president of the board of EcoFlight and has served on the board of High Country News, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and Public Counsel of the Rockies.
Michael is an Aspen-based investment adviser, the former co-publisher of The Aspen Times, and a Manaus Fund board member.
Harry Teague is the founder and principal designer at Harry Teague Architects. He has lived in the Aspen area since 1972, when he received his M. Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture. Teague’s work, which includes the Benedict Music Tent in Aspen, has been widely recognized and appreciated.
Aspen Journalism's freelance journalists
We've worked with the following talented individuals on stories and projects:
- Dan Bayer, photography
- Allen Best, Mountain Town News, reporting
- David Frey, reporting, photography
- Brady Hurley, copy editing
- Catherine Lutz, reporting, editing
- Devon Meyers, photography
- Tim Mutrie, reporting, photography
- Zach Ornitz, video production and editing
- Madeleine Osberger, reporting
- Heather Rousseau, photography
- Bob Ward, reporting
Aspen Journalism's news collaborators
We've collaborated with the following news organizations:
- Denver Post
- The Aspen Times
- Aspen Daily News
- The Snowmass Sun
- Glenwood Springs Post Independent
- Grassroots TV
- Aspen Public Radio
- KDNK, Carbondale
- The Aspen Business Journal
- Real Aspen
- The Sopris Sun
- The Crystal Valley Echo
- The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
Aspen Journalism's journalism advisory board
- Roger Adams, news director at Aspen Public Radio
- Dave Danforth, owner/staff mascot, Aspen Daily News
- Charles Davis, dean, University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication
- Charles Firestone, executive director, Aspen Institute Communications & Society Program
- Laura Frank, executive director, Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
- Sarah Gilman, associate editor, High Country News
- Catherine Lutz, freelance writer/editor, former managing editor of the Aspen Daily News
- Tim Mutrie, contributor to The New York Times, former sports editor at The Aspen Times
- Rem Rieder, media columnist, USA Today
- Curtis Robinson, founding editor, Portland Daily Sun
- Steve Skinner, general manager, KDNK, Carbondale
- Andy Stone, columnist, former editor, The Aspen Times
- Mike Webb, former vice president/communications, ProPublica.
Aspen Journalism's financial supporters
We are a nonprofit corporation and a 501(c)(3) organization recognized by the Internal Revenue Service.
Aspen Journalism is grateful for the grants it has received from the following foundations and organizations to cover the costs of producing local in-depth and investigative journalism:
- The Aspen Business Center Foundation
- The Brett Family Foundation
- The Ernst and Wilma Martens Foundation
- The Manaus Fund
- The Nick DeWolf Foundation
- The Sopris Foundation
- The Thrift Shop of Aspen
- The Walton Family Foundation
- Paul Andersen
- Bruce Berger
- Craig Blomquist
- Edgar Boyles
- Linda Conger
- Mary Dominick and Sven Coomer
- Ginni Galicinao
- Brent Gardner-Smith
- Ernestine Ashley Goodnough
- Kearns and Valery Kelly
- Mark Harvey
- Lila LaHood
- Rosemarie Lavender
- Catherine Lutz
- Joanne and Lee Lyon
- John McBride
- Tim McFlynn
- KNBC and Betty Moore
- Pam Moore
- Frank Peters
- James and Hensley Peterson
- Greg Poschman
- Todd Reeve
- George Stranahan
- Harry Teague
- Paulina Vander Noordaa
- Denny and Linda Vaughn
We've also received generous donations from the following individuals who support Aspen Journalism's mission and work:
We would appreciate your support of local nonprofit investigative journalism. You may used the red "Donate Now" button at the top of our website or send mail to 1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 4, Aspen, CO 81611. A suggested Community Donation is $50. Aspen Journalism has been determined by the Internal Revenue Service to be an exempt organization under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and so your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Aspen Journalism's affiliations
Aspen Journalism, or its executive director, Brent Gardner-Smith, is a member of the following organizations:
Aspen Journalism's professional support
- Ken Ransford, P.C., legal counsel
- Denise Jurgens, Reese Henry & Co., accounting
- Walterry Insurance, libel insurance
Use Aspen Journalism's work, please!
We want our journalism to have impact. The greater the exposure, the greater the potential impact.
Here are the guidelines:
You can republish our articles and graphics for free (without any cost to you), but:
You can’t edit our material, except to reflect relative changes in time, location and editorial style. (For example, “yesterday” can be changed to “last week." We also prefer that you don't change the headline, unless you need to for space or context considerations.)
- If you’re republishing online, you have to link to us and to include all of the links in the story.
- You can’t sell our material separately.
- It’s fine to put our stories on pages with ads, but not ads specifically sold against our stories.
- You can’t republish our material wholesale, or automatically; you need to select stories to be republished individually.
- You have to credit us – ideally in the byline. We prefer “Author Name, Aspen Journalism." (We appreciate it if you link "Aspen Journalism" in the byline to our website.)
- And we also appreciate it when you tag our work with an editor's note that says "Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization working in the local public interest and publishing at www.AspenJournalism.org," and include a link.