The Enduring Legacy of Elijah McClain’s Tragic Death

“In summer 2020, the nation’s attention turned to the killing of a 23-year-old Aurora man. His death prompted a flood of more than 8,500 letters from outside the state of Colorado—all begging Governor Jared Polis for justice. We read every one.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Sep 1, 2021
Length: 17 minutes (4,454 words)

It’s Been One Year Since Students Started Widespread Distance Learning

“Someday, there again will be high school proms, science fairs in the gym, and nighttime football games packed with students bathed under white lights. But who will be forgotten and left further behind?”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 14 minutes (3,559 words)

What It’s Like to Experience Homelessness During a Global Pandemic

“Life, loss, fear, and hope in one Denver homeless encampment as the novel coronavirus upended services for some of the city’s most vulnerable citizens.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Oct 1, 2020
Length: 24 minutes (6,070 words)

The Long-Forgotten Vigilante Murders of the San Luis Valley

How racist policies and disenfranchisement helped send two settlers on a killing spree in Colorado Territory.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Dec 1, 2019
Length: 21 minutes (5,394 words)

‘People Outside This Community Know About Us Because of One Moment in Time.’

The community of Columbine has rebuilt and redefined itself over the past 20 years since the high school massacre.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Apr 1, 2019
Length: 12 minutes (3,216 words)

Running for Alex: How Tom Sullivan Turned Tragedy Into a Political Crusade

Six years after one man’s son was murdered in the Aurora theater shooting, he’s running for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives to prevent more gun violence. Instead of succumbing to his loss, he became, in another victim’s words, “a warrior.”

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Sep 1, 2018
Length: 21 minutes (5,448 words)

Lost and Found

Robert Sanchez profiles members of NecroSearch, a Colorado-based volunteer organization made up of dedicated lab experts, scientists, and skilled technicians. NecroSearchers apply decades of specialized experience to help law enforcement officers locate dead bodies. Their reward? Bringing closure to the families of the deceased.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Nov 1, 2017
Length: 20 minutes (5,206 words)

Awake in the Night

A story on the immigrant experience: Mary Kuanen and her family relocated to Denver, Colorado from Sudan to escape a civil war and humanitarian crises. Kuanen’s husband, Youn, was murdered in their suburban neighborhood, and she and her children have been trying to heal and build a better life for themselves.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Dec 7, 2016
Length: 22 minutes (5,676 words)

How Massive Cuts Have Remade The Denver Post

Behind-the-scenes at an award-winning newspaper, gutted by staff cuts and figuring out how to survive with fewer resources.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Sep 28, 2016
Length: 24 minutes (6,158 words)

How One Colorado Man Disappeared While Hunting For Hidden Treasure

A man goes missing near Santa Fe, New Mexico after searching for an eccentric arts and antiquities collector’s buried treasure.

Source: 5280 Magazine
Published: Jul 26, 2016
Length: 30 minutes (7,525 words)