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About Us

Colorado Sun staff members on Sept. 10, 2018, the day the news website launched. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Our Mission

The Colorado Sun is a journalist-owned, award-winning news outlet based in Denver that strives to cover all of Colorado so that our state — our community — can better understand itself.

In this way, we believe we can contribute to a more vibrant, informed and whole Colorado.

We are committed to fact-based, in-depth and non-partisan journalism. We cover everything from politics and culture to the outdoor industry and education.

We are a public benefit corporation, which means we’re a for-profit company incorporated with a mission. Our mission is to provide our community with quality, non-partisan journalism — and no paywall. To read our most recent annual report, please visit (Here are our past reports: 20192020/2021)

Our goal is not to turn a profit. Our goal is to produce the best possible journalism. We do that with the help of you, our readers, and community backers.

Every dollar we take in goes directly toward the journalism we produce. Period. That’s our promise to our readers — along with striving to make sure each and every one of our stories are worth your time.

We launched on Sept. 10, 2018.

Who We Are

The Colorado Sun is made up of 21 staff writers, editors and photographers:

They are:

Larry Ryckman, Editor —

Dana Coffield, Senior Editor —

Eric Lubbers, Technology & Strategy —

Jason Blevins, Outdoors/Business Writer —

Tamara Chuang, Business/Technology Writer —

Jennifer Brown, Government/Human Services Writer —

John Ingold, Health/Criminal Justice Writer —

Michael Booth, Health/Environmental Writer —

Kevin Simpson, Colorado Lifestyle/General Assignment Writer —

Jesse Paul, Politics/General Assignment Writer —

Lance Benzel, Team Editor —

Erica Breunlin, Education Writer —

Thy Vo, Politics/General Assignment Writer —

Olivia Prentzel, General Assignment Writer —

Daniel Ducassi, Politics Writer —

Shannon Najmabadi, Rural Affairs/Economy Writer —

Tatiana Flowers, Inequality/General Assignment Writer —

David Gilbert, General Assignment Writer —

Danika Worthington, Presentation Editor —

Olivia Sun, Photographer —

Hugh Carey, Photographer —

Sylvia Harmon, Director of Sales —

Carol Wood, Operations and H.R. —

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The Sun also employs several contributing writers and photographers.

To otherwise get in touch with The Sun, you can reach us by email at or

You can also contact us via Signal, WhatsApp or voicemail: (720) 263-2338 or (720) CO-32338.

Our mailing address is: The Colorado Sun, Buell Public Media Center, 2101 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO 80205.

Colorado Sun reporter John Ingold types at a desk in the Modworks coworking space on July 9, 2018. (Eric Lubbers, The Colorado Sun)

How We Are Funded

We were fortunate to find partners interested in creating a new model for local journalism. Civil helped The Colorado Sun get started with some financial and technical backing. We no longer are partnered with them.

The news we report on has always been sourced, reported, edited and published right here in Colorado, except for those times that we’ve traveled out of state to bring you stories.

Now, we rely on member support and sponsorships to sustain The Colorado Sun. More on how we accept sponsorships and our transparency rules can be found in our ethics policy.

Every dollar we receive goes directly toward the journalism we produce. Period. Join us today.

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Ethics Policy

To view our ethics policy, visit


Through a feature we call SunLit, done in partnership with Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book, The Colorado Sun will present current excerpts of works from some of the best Colorado fiction and nonfiction writers — always for free. We offer these literary appetizers, as well as author Q&As to lend context to the selections, as part of our mission to reinforce our shared sense of community, and to perhaps introduce readers to a new favorite writer.

To learn more, visit

The Colorado Sun the day of its launch on Sept. 10, 2018. (Jesse Paul, The Colorado Sun)

Opinion & Letters to the Editor

The Colorado Sun is a nonpartisan news organization, and the opinions of columnists and editorial writers do not reflect the opinions of the newsroom.

We label opinion pieces (including cartoons) and letters to the editor prominently, using the clearest words possible to note that they are separate from news coverage. This includes when we post links to opinion pieces on social media accounts.

For more on how we will handle opinion pieces and letters to the editor, see our ethics policy.

To submit letters to the editor or if you are interested in becoming an opinion contributor, email

For more details on submission guidelines, check out this page.

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