Alan Prendergast has been a staff writer for Westword since 1995 and teaches journalism at Colorado College. His stories about the justice system, historic crimes, high-security prisons and death by misadventure have won numerous awards and appeared in a wide range of magazines and anthologies, including the 2012 true-crime anthology Seven Sins, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 and The Best American Sports Writing 2009. He has also written for Rolling Stone, Outside, Los Angeles Times Magazine, Men’s Journal and other national publications and is the author of a book about child abuse and parricide, The Poison Tree.
5 days ago | Crime
It's been almost twenty years since six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was murdered in her Boulder home, but it feels like yesterday. Maybe because it was yesterday, and the day before that, and the one before that, and so on, that we've...
11 days ago | Education
An outside consultant brought in to evaluate the distance learning program at Adams State University has recommended that the program in its current form be abolished, citing a range of problems — from poor supervision and a staggering rate of inc...
13 days ago | Crime
If you somehow missed the first two installments of Dr. Phil's exclusive, three-hour, fantasmagoric interview with Burke Ramsey, twenty years after the unsolved murder of his six-year-old sister JonBenét, let me catch you up in a heartbe...
19 days ago | Crime
One of the most repellent wildlife cruelty cases in state history drew to a close this week with the sentencing of a Western Slope outfitter, the last of six defendants involved in a poaching operation that provided high-priced hunts of mountain l...
21 days ago | Education
A national organization of higher-ed faculty is pressing Colorado lawmakers to investigate hiring and salary practices in the state's community college system, claiming that the system is teeming with cash — and highly compensated administrators —...
28 days ago | Colorado History
The van leaves the Stout Street Health Center in downtown Denver on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Others climb aboard in Colorado Springs or Pueblo before the van heads east, into the vast, sparsely populated grasslands of the Lower Arkansas Vall...