Local. Nonprofit. Investigative. Collaborative.
Founded in January 2011, 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 investigative, in-depth and insightful journalism, as we believe well-informed citizens make better decisions.
We collaborate with local and regional media organizations on projects and stories, and we seek to present public data in a useful and compelling manner.
Aspen Journalism is supported by over 40 individuals, organizations and foundations.
Please contact us via our contact page.
Brent is the founder, editor and executive director of Aspen Journalism and mainly covers water, land use and Pitkin County. He's previously reported for the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times and served as the executive director of Aspen Public Radio. He has worked in journalism, broadcasting or public affairs since 1983 and has a master's degree in journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. His work has been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Colorado Press Association.
Aspen Journalism works on stories and projects with a number of local freelance journalists, including Catherine Lutz, Bob Ward, Madeleine Osberger, and Paul Andersen. We've also worked with other talented journalists, including Nelson Harvey, Tim Mutrie, David Frey, Brady Hurley, and data journalist Jason Alcorn at Investigate West. And we've worked on projects with freelance photographers Dan Bayer, Zach Ornitz, Devon Meyers and Heather Rousseau.
We’ve worked on stories and/or projects with the following news organizations:
The Aspen Times
Aspen Daily News
The Snowmass Sun
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Aspen Public Radio
The Aspen Business Journal
The Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network
Journalism advisory board
Roger Adams, news director, Aspen Public Radio
Dave Danforth, owner and staff mascot, Aspen Daily News
Charles Davis, dean, Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Georgia
Charles Firestone, executive director, Aspen Institute Communications & Society Program
Laura Frank, executive director, Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network, and vice president of news, Rocky Mountain PBS
Sarah Gilman, former associate editor, High Country News
Catherine Lutz, freelance writer, editor and photographer;
Tim Mutrie, contributor to The New York 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, sales and marketing director, Honolulu Civil Beat
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 and 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.
Thrift Shop of Aspen
Brett Family Foundation
Walton Family Foundation
Aspen Business Center Foundation
Jessica and Henry Catto Memorial Fund
Ernst and Wilma Martens Foundation
Nick DeWolf Foundation
Mary Dominick and Sven Coomer
Ernestine Ashley Goodnough
Kearns and Valery Kelly
Joanne and Lee Lyon
KNBC and Betty Moore
James and Hensley Peterson
Paulina Vander Noordaa
Denny and Linda Vaughn
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 donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Our federal EIN is 35-2400162.
Aspen Journalism Financials
Financial report, 2011 to mid-2013
Aspen Journalism is committed to:
working in the public interest;
meeting high standards of investigative journalism;
responding to readers and the public;
collaborating with other news organizations; and
being transparent about our funding and affiliations.
Ken Ransford, P.C., legal counsel
Denise Jurgens, Reese Henry & Co., accounting
Walterry Insurance, libel insurance
Use Aspen Journalism’s work, please!
Aspen Journalism’s work is available under a Creative Commons License and our 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;
if you’re republishing online, you have to link to us and 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,” with a link to our homepage or the article;
you have to tag our work with an editor's note that says “Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization. See www.AspenJournalism.org,” and include a link.