About

Brent Gardner-Smith/Aspen Journalism

Drawing the line ... on the Buttermilk halfpipe.

Aspen Journalism is a local, nonprofit, and investigative journalism organization founded in Aspen, Colorado on January 17, 2011.

Our mission is to produce investigative journalism to the benefit of all those with a stake in Aspen and the Roaring Fork River Valley. Such a stake may stem from someone living, working, voting, owning, visiting, and/or playing here.

Our area of geographic interest radiates outward from Aspen to include Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties, the Roaring Fork Valley, the Roaring Fork River watershed, the Western Slope, the state of Colorado, and the upper Colorado River basin.

We take the following definition of investigative journalism to heart:

“Investigative journalism is a critical part of creating an informed and democratic society. It helps citizens make knowledgeable decisions. It reins in the excesses of the powerful and holds government and business organizations accountable for their actions. It exposes the exploitation of the poor and weak, and it brings about significant changes for the better. To perform that service, investigative journalists must produce credible, original and illuminating stories that are thoroughly researched through documents and data, probing and in-depth interviews and sometimes dangerous excursions into the field.”

– Brant Houston and Mark Horvit, The Investigative Reporter’s Handbook, 6th edition, 2021

Aspen Journalism takes a shoeleather approach to beat reporting. And we usually work in collaboration with other local and regional news organizations. After we publish our stories on the Aspen Journalism website, other news organizations are invited to publish them, without charge, under our Creative Commons guidelines.

We are an independent nonprofit organization and are recognized as a 501c(3) by the IRS and as a corporation in good standing by the Colorado Secretary of State. We also have earned the platinum seal of transparency from Guidestar.

Aspen Journalism is a member the Colorado Press Association, the Institute for Nonprofit News, LION (Local Independent Online News Publishers), and the Aspen Chamber Resort Association.

Our newsroom is in the Benedict Building in Aspen at 1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 9. (The office door has a mail slot that makes it easy to drop off documents).

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

Our office and primary mailing address is:

Aspen Journalism
1280 Ute Avenue, Suite 9
Aspen, C0 81611

Our secondary mailing address is:

Aspen Journalism
P.O. Box 10101
Aspen, CO 81611

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2019 annual report
2018 annual report
2017 annual report
2016 annual report
2015 annual report
2014 annual report
2013 annual report
2012 annual report
2011 annual report

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2018 Form 990
2017 Form 990-EZ
2016 Form 990-EZ
2015 Form 990-EZ
2014 Form 990-EZ
2013 Form 990-EZ
2012 Form 990-EZ
2011 Form 990-EZ