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Journalists don't generally play nicely with others, much less collaborate with people from the other side of the office. But most journalists haven't worked at the Grid, a shared workspace that puts all of those packaged WeWork efforts to shame. Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, Westword employees exiled from their former office before their new one was finished found a welcoming haven here, with free Wednesday breakfasts and beer taps open at 4 p.m., fueling friendly conversations between not just other businesses, but Westword workers who had never crossed paths before. And now? It's a refuge, a space of sanity, our home away from home.

Best Journalist to Follow for the Latest on COVID-19

Kyle Clark, 9News

In addition to his talents as a broadcaster, which are marked by curiosity, humor and a willingness to call bullshit when necessary on even the most powerful figures, 9News anchor Kyle Clark is also a master of social media — and this last skill has been very much in evidence as COVID-19 has become by far the biggest story of the year. On his Twitter account, Clark shares his own material, including a recent interview with Governor Jared Polis in which he pushed him on a variety of hot topics, and re-tweets smart posts from other sources that find Clark essentially serving as a virtual curator of important virus updates.


The folks at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment know the spread of COVID-19 has resulted in residents of the state being absolutely deluged with misinformation from a wide variety of sources. In an attempt to counter such contagious nonsense, they've put together a website in an incredibly short period of time that's dedicated to the facts as we know them from moment to moment. In addition to details about the virus, complete with data visualizations, the online destination provides answers to frequently asked questions about testing, prevention, isolation, quarantine and more; connects visitors to telehealth and nurseline services; and even offers tips about reducing fear and stress. Of which we're all feeling plenty these days.

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