Daniel Brogan is the founder, president and editor-in-chief of 5280 Publishing Inc. Launched from his second bedroom in 1993, 5280 is now the largest local magazine in Colorado and regularly outsells such national titles as Time, People, Vanity Fair and Martha Stewart Living on local newsstands. Since 2005, 5280 has been nominated for six national magazine awards. Under Brogan’s leadership, the magazine was one of the first city magazines to print on recycled paper. Previously a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Brogan’s work has appeared in numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Musician, Creem and PC World.
Kim Christiansen grew up in Colorado and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her first job was as a writer and associate producer for the 6 a.m. news at 9NEWS. She went on to work as a writer for the late newscasts and eventually made the transition to general assignment reporter. Her first anchor position was on 9News Saturday Morning. She went on to anchor the 5 and 10 p.m. news on the weekends with Ward Lucas. She currently serves as a co-anchor of 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. news. Christiansen has won four regional Emmy awards for spot news, news writing and news reporting.
After a career in magazine and newspaper photojournalism, Rich Clarkson founded the Denver-based Clarkson Creative in 1987. One of American Photo magazine’s 50 most influential individuals in American photography, Clarkson has worked for National Geographic Society, The Denver Post, The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal and Sports Illustrated. A past-president of the National Press Photographers Association, Clarkson currently manages five premier workshops for top-level photographers. He has been a Pulitzer Prize juror, a lecturer, co-author of six books and photography director at four Olympics. He received the William Allen White National Citation and was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Clarkson Creative does all photography for the 90 NCAA national championships and for the Colorado Rockies baseball team.
Eric Frankowski was inspired by a great lecture at the University of Colorado on environmental journalism by professor Len Ackland. He was hooked, enrolled in graduate school and soaked up everything he could from Ackland. An internship led to a job at the Longmont Times-Call, where Frankowski established himself as a reporter specializing in environmental and natural resource issues. A decade later, a meeting with a former colleague landed Frankowski at Resource Media, where he advocates for protecting our world while still maintaining ties in journalism. At the Times-Call, Frankowski was the lead reporter and editor on a series that won national reporting awards from the Scripps Foundation and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
Trevor Hughes covers the West for USA Today. He went to college in Boston and covered politics for several years before moving to Colorado to ski. He got his start at a weekly newspaper outside of Boulder, before moving to cover Longmont and Fort Collins, joining USA Today full time in early 2014 as a multiplatform reporter covering major disasters, western trends and the marijuana industry.
Lindsay Jones has covered the National Football League since 2008, and joined USA Today Sports in October 2012 after 4-1/2 years of covering the Denver Broncos for the Denver Post. A native of Fort Collins, Jones graduated from Emory University in Atlanta with degrees in political science and journalism. She also is a marathoner who likes to document life on the NFL beat on Instagram.
Vic Lombardi, a Colorado native, knew at age 10 that he wanted to get into Denver television. After attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduating from Notre Dame University in 1991, Lombardi worked in South Bend, Indiana, Austin, Texas, and Phoenix before landing a job in his hometown. Lombardi has won 27 Emmy Awards, 13 of which are for Best Sports Anchor, which he has won 10 years in a row. Lombardi considers the 1998 Super Bowl, the Broncos’ first of consecutive titles, to be the most exciting story he has ever covered.
David Lyons came to CU-Denver Online from Florida and serves as the school’s academic technology coordinator. Lyons received his master’s degree in information science from Florida State University and has worked in online education at Florida State University, University of Central Florida and Seminole State College. A lifetime geek, Lyons wants to see technology not just improve education but completely revolutionize it. He speaks frequently throughout the nation and specializes on the importance of adapting social media to education.
Misty Montano is the digital content manager for 9NEWS in Denver. She is an Emmy award-winning journalist who supports and teaches others to use and develop social media communities. Montano aims to create social TV where TV, digital and social media work together to engage the 9NEWS journalists with the audience. Since 2009, she has successfully integrated journalism with social media to provide information where and how people want to get it. She previously was assignment editor at KCNC-TV and received her bachelor’s degree in media communication from Hastings College.
Troy Renck joined The Denver Post in 2002 as the Colorado Rockies beat writer and covered the team for more than a decade before recently taking over duties as beat writer for the Denver Broncos. He served as both the beat and national baseball writer for four years before shifting his attention to the NFL. He is a past president of the local chapter of Baseball Writers Association of America and has won more than 20 local and national writing awards since graduating from the University of Colorado journalism school with honors in 1993.
Jonathan Shikes is a Denver native who worked on the school papers at East High School and University of California at Santa Cruz before earning a master’s degree at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. He has worked for daily, weekly and online news outlets for the past 20 years, covering everything from crime to county government, from business to the environment. He currently serves as the managing editor for Westword, Denver’s alt-weekly, where he manages a diverse staff of writers. He also blogs about the craft beer industry.
Chris Vanderveen has worked at one of the country’s preeminent storytelling stations for the last decade. At KUSA-TV, Vanderveen has won more than 30 regional Emmys, 12 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, one national Murrow and the 2012 NPPA Photojournalism Award for Reporting. He believes his success can be directly attributed to the great photography staff at KUSA as well as his ability to discover the magnificent within the seemingly mundane. Vanderveen started his career at KGWC-TV in Casper, Wyoming. In 1998, he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to work for KOAA-TV.