Mike Littwin

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2014

    Check Out Twenty-Plus New Restaurants That Opened in August (and Six That Closed)

    Denver blog posts know the difference between open and shut cases. Our Cafe Society blog's August restaurant roll call tallies up more than twenty openings in the Denver area during the month...and six shutterings. The Colorado Independent's Mike Littwin: "So much money, so little speech." Denver ... More >>

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    April 15, 2014

    Does Denver have a better music scene than Austin because there are more venues here?

    Denver blogs have the music in them -- and other stuff, too. At our Backbeat blog, Kiernan Maletsky notes that Denver has more live music venues than Austin, then asks, "Does it matter?" Colorado Peak Politics thinks Senator Mark Udall's own words doom his campaign. The Colorado Independent's Mik ... More >>

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    April 11, 2014

    Denver Post CEO won't comment on sale rumors

    For the past week-plus, the embattled newspaper industry has been buzzing with chatter about the potential sale of print properties held by Digital First Media, the parent company of the Denver Post. When contacted by Westword, Post CEO Mac Tully declined to comment about the possibility of a Post ... More >>

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    October 25, 2013

    Denver Post lays off six people, including major chunk of YourHub staff

    Yesterday, the Denver Post announced that six members of the staff would be laid off, with five of them serving as community managers for YourHub, the paper's citizen-journalist arm. Is this the beginning of the end for YourHub, which began its life under the umbrella of the Rocky Mountain News, sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2013

    Is Ho Mei the worst restaurant in Denver -- or do others suck worse?

    Denver blog posts have quite an appetite. At our Cafe Society blog, Patricia Calhoun shares one reader's view that plenty of Denver restaurants suck more than the supposed worst. Mile High Hockey's Cheryl Bradley on the end of the Avs' season-starting winning streak at the hands of the hated Red W ... More >>

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    May 23, 2013

    Tom Tancredo announces he's running for governor...again

    Moments ago, during an appearance on Peter Boyles's KHOW talk show (and while surrounded by TV cameras), former Congressman Tom Tancredo announced that he's running for governor...again. "I announced 5 minutes ago my intention to seek the Republican nomination for Governor of Colorado and look forw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2012

    Kevin Vaughan, Denver Post city editor, leaving to join nonprofit I-News

    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 >>

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    September 12, 2012

    Denver Post thriving despite Journal Register Company bankruptcy, says John Paton

    Last week, we considered the impact on Denver Post owner MediaNews Group after its Digital First Media partner, the Journal Register Company, declared bankruptcy. Now, John Paton, the chief executive of all three firms, is speaking out on the topic, saying MediaNews Group and the Post are in great s ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Ed Quillen, R.I.P.: Heart attack stills longtime Denver Post contributor

    For more than a quarter century, Salida's Ed Quillen has regularly contributed to the editorial pages of the Denver Post, sharing his notably progressive thoughts on issues of the day in a way that raised readers' cheers and hackles, depending upon their personal ideological slant. But no more: Curt ... More >>

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    May 25, 2012

    Denver Post's Greg Moore on learning to live without a copy desk

    Last month, we shared word that the Denver Post planned to lay off two-thirds of its copy editors -- a number estimated by sources as sixteen. Turns out that was a bit high: Only eleven are exiting, with a severance package as a parting gift, because several staffers from other departments, includin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Felisa Cardona, Ann Schrader, Margaret Jackson exiting Denver Post

    In our interview with the Denver Post's Tina Griego, whose decision to accept a severance package originally intended to reduce the copy-editing staff by two-thirds could lead to the paper being metro-columnist free until 2013, we noted that several other writers would also be leaving. We've now ID' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Denver Post layoffs estimate: 16 copy editors, nearly tenth of staff

    Update: At this point, neither representatives of the Denver Post nor the folks at the Denver Newspaper Guild seem eager to talk in detail about a plan to lay off two-thirds of the copy editors at the paper of record. However, we've gotten more information about the likely fallout. In the end, as ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Denver Post guilty of fuzzy math when touting circulation gains?

    The morning after Denver Post execs detailed copy-editor layoffs at an employee meeting, the paper ballyhooed its rising circulation figures. But a local journalist crunched the numbers, and he thinks the news is worse than advertised due to "fuzzy math" that attempts to disguise a major decline in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    Denver Post: More shrinkage to staff, pages

    We've recently shared news about Denver Post layoffs of Mike Littwin and Penny Parker and reported pay cuts for Woody Paige and Vincent Carroll, another pair of high-profile staffers. But that's not all, folks. Editor Greg Moore confirms another pair of layoffs amid word that many previously mention ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2012

    Denver Post puts local news first in echo of Rocky Mountain News

    The front page of today's Denver Post -- the physical version, not its website -- features a note from editor Greg Moore announcing that the paper has been "reordered." Specifically, local news, which previously ran after national and international stories, will now appear in the lead section -- a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2012

    Lisa Kennedy to split film and theater critic duties at Denver Post

    Newspapers across the country have slashed staff to save money, with movie reviewer and theater critic positions among the most popular cuts. Given that reality, the Denver Post deserves credit for continuing to dedicate a staff writer to these subjects, even though one person -- Lisa Kennedy -- wil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    John Moore among 19 taking Denver Post buyouts, layoffs not expected

    Update: At last, we've got the complete list of Denver Post employees who have or will be leaving the paper after accepting a buyout offer: nineteen staffers from various departments, including editors, reporters and photographers. Perhaps most surprising: John Moore, the paper's theater critic and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Dan Haley, Denver Post editorial page editor, leaves paper to become bank director

    Dan Haley.​The changes continue on the Denver Post editorial page. Shortly after the arrival of longtime metro columnist Mike Littwin and the departure of David Harsanyi for Glenn Beck's The Blaze, editorial page editor Dan Haley is leaving for an unlikely gig -- director of corporate communic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Susan Greene compares working at Denver Post to Stockholm syndrome in HuffPo debut

    Susan Greene.​Update below: Susan Greene resigned from the Denver Post late last year after being told her column would be canceled -- and while she was clearly saddened by the circumstances of her departure, she had only positive things to say about colleagues and didn't criticize the paper a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Susan Greene resigns from Denver Post after being told her column would be canceled

    Susan Greene.​"Trashing the Truth," a 2007 series by Miles Moffeit and Susan Greene about DNA evidence, remains the finest piece of journalism by the Denver Post over the past decade -- a controversial but deserved Pulitzer Prize finalist. Three years later, however, neither writer works for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    John Hickenlooper's second ad shows how confident Hick is that Dan Maes has no chance

    Hick makin' copies.​Today, Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin notes that guv candidate John Hickenlooper wouldn't be running ads depicting him taking a shower with his clothes on in a normal campaign -- an observation reinforced by Hick's latest spot, which shows him saving money by using tap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2010

    Tom Tancredo's ultimatum to Scott McInnis, Dan Maes: John Hickenlooper's wet dream?

    Tom Tancredo.​This past weekend, Tom Tancredo told Patricia Calhoun that with a few days, he'd make some kind of announcement about the governor's race, which is a mess on the Republican side thanks to Scott McInnis's plagiarism problems and Dan Maes's assorted challenges. And that's one campa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    Channel 7 reporting Zazi to admit Al-Qaeda ties

    Zazi as seen on Channel 7.​According to Channel 7, Denver Post columnist Mike Littwin won't suffer another sleepless night worrying that federal-investigation subject Najibullah Zazi might have no involvement whatsoever in activities related to terrorism. Moments ago, the station posted a stor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Vandalism at the Colorado Democratic Party HQ: The story gets even dumber

    A Colorado Democratic Party photo of damage at its Santa Fe headquarters.​"Is Alleged Colorado Democratic Party Headquarters Window-Smasher Maurice Schwenkler a LIBERAL Activist?," a Jared Jacang Maher blog published yesterday, pinpointed some contradictions in a story that was originally fram ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    Do birthers have a friend in Cory Gardner?

    Cory Gardner.​Cory Gardner, who's running for Congress in Colorado's 4th District, is under liberal attack for playing coy when asked at a town hall this week if he thinks President Barack Obama was born in the United States. As Colorado Pols points out this morning, his subsequent response to ... More >>

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    August 14, 2009

    Scott McInnis is getting picked on by even more mean people

    Scott McInnis with Josh Penry, whose candidacy is looking pretty good right now.​Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis came uncorked while defending his allegedly broken pledge to use leftover 2004 campaign funds for breast-cancer research during a Wednesday appearance on the KHOW t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2009

    Do Bennet and Udall heart the NRA?

    Is that a gun in your pocket? When Michael Bennet was just a baby/his mama told him, son/always be a good boy/don't ever play with guns. But that (weird, re-imagined-by-me Johnny Cash lyric) didn't stop him from voting for them. Now he and fellow Sen. Mark Udall are in trouble -- at least with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2009

    Former Rocky Mountain News reporter Gargi Chakrabarty leaving Denver Post

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    Ex-Rocky Mountain Newser Tracy Ringolsby carrying on -- after being stranded by Scripps

    Lots of folks expected that Hall of Fame baseball writer Tracy Ringolsby would be among the former Rocky Mountain News journalists who'd find a new home at the Denver Post, including us. He was one of the five Rocky stars we thought might soon be moving from one floor of the Denver Newspaper Agency ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009
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    March 4, 2009

    Garrison Keillor: the new-look Denver Post's idea of a flaming lefty

    An editor's note by editorial-page editor Dan Haley, featured in the op-ed section of today's Denver Post print edition, reads: "Good news from the right, and left. KOA radio talk show host and former Rocky Mountain News columnist Mike Rosen will begin writing his column for The Denver Post Friday. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2009

    Anthony Bourdain at an altweekly?

    At a recent appearance in California, Anthony Bourdain revealed that the first article he ever wrote was supposed to appear in an alternative paper, the New York Press. According to the Santa Barbara Independent story: After finishing the op ed that would later inspire Kitchen Confidential, Bourdai ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Denver Post to add Rocky Mountain News voices

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Two members of Rocky Mountain News photo staff among those leaving paper

    In "Rocky Mountain News editor John Temple on the future of the paper: 'We Have No Idea'" -- a blog published on February 16 -- the aforementioned Temple mentioned that approximately half-a-dozen members of his staff had left the tabloid of late, with some landing newspaper jobs despite the horrific ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009
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    December 11, 2008

    Peers name Rocky Mountain News Sara Burnett as the paper's best reporter

    "Going Up," a sidebar to our main feature article about the for-sale sign hanging on the Rocky Mountain News, spotlighted five Rocky notables who the Denver Post should hire in the event of the tabloid's closure if it wants to lure its old rival's subscribers. But the roster is hardly a complete lis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Animal House lover Mike Littwin declares "It's not over!" for the Rocky Mountain News

    One of the few things worth laughing about among reporters and editors following yesterday's announcement that E.W. Scripps has put the Rocky Mountain News up for sale was columnist Mike Littwin's newsroom reenactment of a famous scene from Animal House -- John Belushi's "It's not over!" speech. ("W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2008

    The Rocky Mountain News Almost Lets George Carlin Swear

    For George Carlin, "B.S." was "bullshit." The Rocky Mountain News' profanity policy isn't exactly a paragon of consistency. In quoting a pithy comment made by Colorado Republican Party leader Dick Wadhams, the paper spelled "ass" as "a--". And yet a site search turned up asses aplenty. The word, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2008

    Traveling With the Denver Media

    The process of researching virtually every article produces far more material than can possibly fit into the finished piece -- and a lot of the leftovers are every bit as interesting as the stuff that makes the final cut. That was certainly the case for the May 8 Message column, which dealt with cut ... More >>

  • News

    January 12, 2006


    The dailies are looking for characters.

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    March 31, 2005

    The Message

    Death Wish

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    June 24, 2004

    The Message

    David vs. Goliath

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    The Flag-Bearer

    Tom Tancredo is on a crusade to save America -- and he's looking for recruits.

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    March 20, 2003

    The Message

    The media's massive buildup to battle makes war seem almost anti-climactic.

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    March 6, 2003

    The Message

    News directors debate what is, and isn't, breaking news.

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    December 12, 2002

    Calling All Columnists

    A writer's departure from the Post raises questions about the paper's commitment to metro columns.

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    September 5, 2002

    Distant Replay

    Expect the anniversary of 9/11 to bring out the media's worst.

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    April 12, 2001

    What We've Lost

    Are two weekend newspapers really better than four? You do the math.

  • News

    July 27, 2000

    Fox on the Run

    During its first week on the air, Channel 31's news demonstrates a little substance and a lot of style.

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