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Kevin Simpson

Kevin Simpson is a co-founder of The Colorado Sun and a general assignment writer and editor.

Kevin Simpson is a general assignment writer and editor at The Colorado Sun. He also oversees the Sun’s literary feature, SunLit, and the site’s cartoonists.

A St. Louis native and graduate of the University of Missouri’s journalism school, Kevin began his career in sports at the St. Cloud (MN) Daily Times in 1978 before moving to the Rocky Mountain News a year later. In 1984, he joined The Denver Post and spent 33 years there as a sports writer, city desk reporter, city columnist and long-form writer.

He was part of two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at the Post and his individual work has been recognized with a wide variety of awards.

Colorado school children raised trout. The state had to kill a lot of the “poor buggers” for testing.

But an innovative solution is helping Trout in the Classroom cut down the number of fish involved in the fatal testing process


SunLit Interview: Thriller author Carter Wilson has stuck to standalone novels

But in "The New Neighbor," he combined a riveting opening scene with a creepy house from an earlier book to write a psychological crossover


Colorado’s problem gamblers could find help on the way after decades of indifference

With a proposed a $3 million jumpstart, new grant funding could train counselors and help provide treatment amid a surge in calls for help


SunLit Interview: After decades, Stephen Trimble came to grips with a personal, but universal story

Through "The Mike File," the author came to understand his relationship with the brother he lost -- and something about himself


Colorado mobile home residents could find lot rent relief, aid for park purchases in pending bills

Legislators continue reform of the state’s largest source of unsubsidized affordable housing in the wake of continued corporate acquisitions


SunLit Interview: Megan Kate Nelson saw a natural jewel, and a metaphor, in “Saving Yellowstone”

The author recognized America's embrace of the breathtaking landscape during Reconstruction also underscored a danger in what lies beneath


SunLit Interview: “Denver Noir” editor Cynthia Swanson weighs in on the project and the importance of place

Swanson, who also contributed a short story to the collection, talks about recruiting authors and how Cheesman Park's history informed her own piece


Last year, a teen chose surgery that left him only half of his brain. Today he’s a national chess master.

When seizures disrupted his chess skills, Golden's Griffin McConnell made his move


President’s signature makes it official: Colorado’s Amache site now part of National Park Service

Decades after survivors of the Japanese American internment camp began their push, designation ensures its preservation


In housing-starved Kit Carson, Coloradans band together to find a solution

Evolving standards in state housing funding and a modular approach will help spike the small town’s inventory – and none too soon


Amache is on the verge of earning national park status — and its place in history — after U.S. Senate approves bill

A Senate vote moved the former World War II incarceration camp that held people of Japanese descent closer to becoming a national historic site

Politics and Government

With sports bets in the billions, Colorado still lags on tackling problem gambling

Now that legal sports wagering has gone mainstream, there’s a move to revisit the law – and a chronically weak commitment to mitigating the damage


Xcel Energy will no longer route its massive Power Pathway project near the Sand Creek massacre site

Cheyenne and Arapaho input informed decision to eliminate proposed power line routes that encroached on the site of the 1864 massacre, considered sacred by the tribes


Amid the charred ruins of Colorado wildfires, a sense of community evolves with the rebuild

While those touched by the Marshall fire regroup and reimagine their future, previous disasters reveal how fire reshapes the natural and human landscapes


From cheeseburgers to Ma Barker’s boy, heavyweight boxers and bears, Colorado has no shortage of roadside attractions

People, places and things have been recognized across the spectrum, and these days, everything is open to reinterpretation


“Where do we go to escape this?” The Marshall fire is Colorado’s new reality.

The Marshall fire’s spread through a densely developed, urban environment made one thing clear: Very few parts of Colorado are completely safe from wildfire.

Marshall Fire

From new releases to exclusive interviews, SunLit built on its bedrock of Colorado award winners

The challenge of creating a best-of collection proved harder than ever, but here are some highlights from 2021


Colorado’s 4-star Gen. Laura Richardson returns to MSU Denver, talks career paths and new command

The Northglenn product says she blazed a trail through the Army’s ranks by always concentrating on the job at hand


Is there a Santa shortage or a holiday party boom? In Colorado, there appears to be both.

One rookie Santa seized the opportunity to translate his entertainer’s instincts to a new seasonal vocation for restoring wonder to a jaded world


As Xcel electrifies the Eastern Plains, how close is too close to the Sand Creek Massacre site?

Park advocates worry about cluttering the Eastern Plains’ “cultural landscape” amid routing for a key part of Colorado’s clean energy plan

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