Four years ago today, the Rocky Mountain News closed on the cusp of its 150th birthday. The changes in the Denver media scene since then have been profound. And while the Denver Post, the city's surviving paper, continues to exist, its present doesn't look much like the future that seemed in the off ... More >>
The upcoming reopening of Cinemark's Century 16 theater, the site of the tragic mass shooting on July 20 at a midnight show, has sparked a lot of controversy this week -- in part because of a heavily criticized letter that theater sent to the victims' families inviting them to attend its re-opening. ... More >>
The Denver Newspaper Guild has ratified a contract covering newsroom employees at the Denver Post, and as part of the deal, the broadsheet will become a closed shop, with all workers required to join the union. Yet DNG administrative officer Tony Mulligan isn't exactly celebrating, since the deal al ... More >>
Despite reassurances, questions continue to be raised about the financial health of the Denver Post following the bankruptcy of the Journal Register Company, sister firm of MediaNews Group, the Post's owner. But Post city editor Kevin Vaughan insists that sinking-ship fears had nothing to do with hi ... More >>
Andrew Cohen.In our 2001 profile of Andrew Cohen, we noted that the then-35-year-old had vaulted to the top of the local pundit game via a gig with CBS' radio and television divisions. Remarkably, Cohen has maintained these relationships over the decade since, and his longevity has been rewa ... More >>
Kevin Vaughan.Clearly, change was in the offing for the Denver Post, which confirmed last week that nineteen staffers took buyouts. But the scope of shifts among those who remain is still surprising. Among the most notable: the naming of longtime reporter Kevin Vaughan as city editor and vet ... More >>
Laura Frank.With resources and revenues for print and broadcast news operations continuing to shrink, investigative journalism -- a vital form, but among the field's most expensive -- is becoming more rare with each passing day. But former Rocky Mountain News reporter Laura Frank thinks she's ... More >>
Gargi Chakrabarty, left, at a DU awards ceremony last year. When the Rocky Mountain News went down for the count in February, the Denver Post brought aboard a slew of the tabloid's brand names: Mike Littwin, Dave Krieger, Lynn Bartels, Kevin Vaughan, etc. In addition, the paper also reached out to ... More >>
"DUI Arrest Stats Staggering," from Sunday's Denver Post, more than lives up to the assertion in its headline. The package smacks readers in the face from its first sentence: "Each year, roughly 10,000 drunken drivers are busted in Colorado for driving drunk again -- and during a recent three-year s ... More >>
The most telling line in Denver Post reporter Kevin Vaughan's article about ex-CU professor Ward Churchill's second day of testimony in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the university was its last one: "At one point, [Judge Larry] Naves suddenly called a recess after he saw that one of the j ... More >>
What's in a name? In the case of former Rocky Mountain News reporter Kevin Vaughan, twelve letters -- one of them an "a" that didn't make the final version of a newsrack display listing eight Rocky veterans recently hired by the Denver Post. Who the hell is Kevin Vaughn? I wonder if he's good... Ma ... More >>
Almost two months ago, Michael Roberts offered an all-star list of five Rocky Mountain News staffers that he suggested the Denver Post hire should the News shut down.Now, with the News's last day tomorrow, the Post has announced that it's adding a handful of News employees, and three of them were on ... More >>
Reporter Lynn Bartels's colleagues at the Rocky Mountain News warned her not to try exiting the Denver Newspaper Agency building through the main lobby. After all, the place was swarming with reporters gathered to attend an upcoming press conference at which E.W. Scripps CEO Rich Boehne -- and, as i ... More >>
John Temple. Rocky Mountain News editor/publisher/president John Temple has no shortage of detractors in and out of his newsroom, as he well knows. "I'm a pain in the ass," he says, noting that he's as likely to bust his employees' chops over a dubious subhead as he is for a major botch. However, ... More >>
While the Denver Post didn't taste Pulitzer glory in 2008 -- see this More Messages blog to learn more -- the Rocky Mountain News scored a couple of unexpected successes as part of the April 7 announcements. The finalists in the features category didn't leak out in advance, unlike the competitors i ... More >>
Reporters and other byline earners aren't the only folks fleeing the Rocky Mountain News these days. Employees assigned to the paper's all-important website are also moving on with a regularity that has to be disheartening for those who remain. Then again, the eagerness of techies to seek out other ... More >>
The Rocky pushed its hugely ambitious serial about an early-'60s schoolbus crash as if the fate of newspapers rested on its success.
Is the new, smaller Rocky more "convenient" than ever, or a sign of an impending newspaper apocalypse?
To put it mildly, "The Crossing," an ongoing Rocky Mountain News project penned by reporter Kevin Vaughan (pictured) is a mammoth undertaking. The story of a horrific 1961 train/schoolbus accident that killed twenty children, the series is scheduled to run in 33 parts, with the first appearing on Ja ... More >>
David vs. Goliath
The Mayor's Race
From the week of June 5, 2003
Lynn Bartels vs. Mark Obmascik
The dailies jockey for position for the Pulitzer.
Despite a potentially huge audience, Denver's Spanish-language radio languishes.