My journalism career started right here in Denver, Colorado over 12 years ago.
I was a writer and photographer at the time, fresh out of college and trying to climb the ladder in the world of journalism.
I really don’t know what I was thinking, because even then we all knew that print journalism was slowly dying. Still, Denver was home to several reputable publications so I moved here to ply my trade. The first big story I covered was in 2012, when Colorado first legalized cannabis for people over the age of 21. You remember seeing the picture of a Girl Scout who set up her cookie table in front of a cannabis dispensary? I took that picture to sell to the local Denver newspapers! After that I had a brief but successful run as a photographer for the local Denver news media, but I had the sense to move on before the work dried up. I started a small internet news company with several of my friends from the Denver media. We wanted to use blogs and vlogs to tell stories about Colorado, instead of working for the major news outlets. This would give us the freedom to explore the real faces of Denver. We found funding from one of the major cannabis companies that is based in Denver, and while it wasn’t much it was enough to get our channel off the ground. It will take a lot of time and effort to elevate our status, but eventually we hope to be the top independent news outlet in Denver, and the rest of Colorado.