About Aspen Journalism

Aspen Journalism is a local, independent, nonprofit, and investigative journalism organization based in Aspen, Colorado.

Our mission is to to produce investigative, in-depth, and insightful journalism for the benefit of anyone with a stake in the broader community of Aspen, because we believe well-informed citizens make better decisions and quality journalism is essential to democracy.

Our coverage area includes Aspen, Pitkin County, the Roaring Fork River watershed, the Western Slope, the state of Colorado, the Colorado River basin, and the West.

Aspen Journalism is an independent newsroom, but we work in collaboration with other local and regional news organizations, and our work is free for others to publish under our guidelines. We take an investigative approach to beat reporting and public documents.

Since 2011 we’ve produced stories on relevances and important local issues, including water, immigration, education, land use, local government, housing, transportation, energy, wealth, real estate, the ski industry, and development.

Our work has had both direct and indirect impacts, and we know that it has made a positive difference in the lives of citizens with a stake in the Aspen area.

Aspen Journalism is a recognized member of the Colorado Press Association and the Institute for Nonprofit News.

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Photo recovered from Chris Kessler's buried camera

Chris Kessler, heading up the ridge of Highland Bowl on the day of the avalanche, March 31, 1984. The photo was recovered from Kessler’s buried camera and was likely taken by Tom Snyder.


Aspen Journalism’s work was recognized in 2019 by the Colorado Press Association, with a first-place award in the category of “best story/picture combination” in Class 1. The award was for “Taming the Snow Beast,” an in-depth story by freelance reporter Tim Cooney about the history of skiing in Highland Bowl. The story included a series of never-before-published photographs from the area’s fatal 1984 avalanche.