Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Journalism

The upper Castle Creek valley.

Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization founded in 2011 and based in Aspen, Colorado.

Our mission is to produce investigative journalism, as we believe well-informed citizens make better decisions.

We’re members of the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Colorado Press Association.

Aspen Journalism’s office is in the Benedict Building in Aspen at 1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 4.

We welcome comments, suggestions and questions via phone at (970) 948-1930 and via email at news@aspenjournalism.org.

Our mailing and office address is:

Aspen Journalism
1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 4
Aspen, C0 81611

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Aspen, Colorado.


We are collaborating, or have collaborated, with the following news organizations:

Aspen Times
Aspen Daily News
Aspen Public Radio
Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Vail Daily
Summit Daily News
High Country News
Denver Post
Aspen Sojourner
Coyote Gulch

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Looking up Maroon Creek, just below the confluence of East and West Maroon creeks.

Journalism advisory board

Roger Adams, former news director, Aspen Public Radio
Dave Danforth, columnist at, and former owner of, the 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, president and general manager for news, Rocky Mountain PBS
Sarah Gilman, contributing editor, High Country News
John Masters, executive director, GrassRoots Community Network
Mike McPhee, former reporter, Denver Post
Rem Rieder, former editor-at-large and media columnist, USA Today
Curtis Robinson, co-founder of Roaring Fork Sunday and former editor at the Aspen Daily News
Carolyn Sackariason, former news director at Aspen Public Radio and former editor at the Aspen Daily News
Steve Skinner, columnist at Aspen Daily News and former GM at KDNK
Andy Stone, former columnist and editor at the The Aspen Times
Mike Webb, vice president, BerlinRosen

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A wetland in the upper Castle Creek valley.

Board of Directors

Harry Teague, chair
Harry 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.

Edgar Boyles
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
Mark is a rancher, 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.

Tim McFlynn
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.

Michael McVoy
Michael is an Aspen-based investment adviser, the former co-publisher of The Aspen Times, and a Manaus Fund board member.

Executive Director and Editor

Brent Gardner-Smith is the founder, executive director and editor of Aspen Journalism. He is currently reporting on water and rivers. Brent moved to Aspen in 1982 and over these many years he’s also been a DJ at KSPN and KSNO, a reporter at the Aspen Daily News and The Aspen Times, the public affairs director at Aspen Skiing Co., the executive director at Aspen Public Radio and a raft guide at Blazing Adventures. His work has been recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association, the Colorado Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. He has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor’s degree in English from California State University Chico.

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A view of the Maroon Bells from just below the confluence of East Maroon and West Maroon creeks.

Financial Supporters

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.


Nick DeWolf Foundation
Joanne and Lee Lyon
The Manaus Fund
Martens Foundation
Sopris Foundation
Thrift Shop of Aspen


Aspen Business Center Foundation
Brett Family Foundation
Nick DeWolf Foundation
KNBC Moore


Brett Family Foundation
Linda Conger
Nick DeWolf Foundation
Mark Harvey
Valery Kelly
Martens Foundation
John McBride
Pam Moore
New-Land Foundation
George Stranahan
Walton Family Foundation


Alpenglow Foundation
Aspen Daily News
Catto Foundation
Fullerton Family Foundation
Maki Foundation
Margulf Foundation
Martens Foundation
Harry Teague
Walton Family Foundation


Arches Foundation
Aspen Business Center Foundation
Bob Bowden
Brett Family Foundation
Carol Craig
Nick DeWolf Foundation
RJ and Nancy Gallagher
Mark Harvey
Cathy and Walter Isaacson
Margulf Foundation
Ernst and Wilma Martens Foundation
John McBride
Michael McVoy
Tim and Donna McFlynn
John Orr
Barbara Reeves
George Stranahan


Arches Foundation
Carol Craig
Margulf Foundation
Ernst and Wilma Martens Foundation
Michael and Michal McVoy
John and Laurie McBride
Barbara Reeves
Curtis Robinson
Walton Family Foundation


Aspen Airport Business Center Foundation (John McBride)
Edgar Boyles
Tim Cooney
Katie Dahl
Maggie and Nick DeWolf Foundation
Mary Dominick-Coomer and Sven Coomer
Brent Gardner-Smith
Mark Harvey
John Masters
Tim McFlynn
John Orr
Harry Teague
Walton Family Foundation
Catena Foundation
Gary Wockner
Gavin Dahl
Arches Foundation
Loretta Lohman
Austin Gardner-Smith
Paul Menter
Marcella Larsen
Caroline Bradford
Catherine Lutz
Dave Danforth
David Hyman
Patrick Hunter
Linda Conger Moore
Art Burrows
Claudia Potamkin
Bill Jochems
Bill Spence & Sue Edelstein
Frank Peters
Sue Cross
Ken Ransford
John Keheler
Barbara Reese
John Sarpa
Stan and Tony Bialek

Form 990s
2016 Form 990-EZ
2015 Form 990-EZ
2014 Form 990-EZ
2013 Form 990-EZ
2012 Form 990-EZ
2011 Form 990-EZ

Annual Reports
2016 annual report
2015 annual report
2014 annual report
2013 annual report
2012 annual report
2011 annual report

Ethics and standards:

We take journalistic guidance from the Society of Professional Journalists’ code of ethics, the Associated Press’ news values and principles, and The New York Times’ standards and ethics guidelines. We are a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News and the Colorado Press Association.

Policy on editorial independence

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content.

We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of revenue.

Our news judgments are made independently and not on the basis of donor support.

We cede no right of review or influence of editorial content.

Acceptance of financial support does not constitute implied or actual endorsement of donors or their products, services, actions, or opinions.

We disclose our donors on our “About Us” page.

We do not accept anonymous donations.

Brent Gardner-Smith

A frothing hole in the woods on upper Maroon Creek.

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; and

you have to tag our work with an editor’s note, as in, “Aspen Journalism is an independent nonprofit news organization. See www.aspenjournalism.org for more.” And please include a link to our site.

Aspen Historical Society

January 1972, Aspen City Council chambers. Aspen Times Editor Bil Dunaway, right, sits in his customary front-row seat.

Journalistic inspiration

We take inspiration from the late Bil Dunaway, the owner, publisher, and editor of The Aspen Times, and his approach to local journalism.