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David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

Colorado joins lawsuit against Trump’s national emergency for border wall

Colorado joins lawsuit against Trump’s national emergency for border wall

Colorado is signing onto a multi-state lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s declaration of a national emergency to obtain funding for border wall with Mexico. “Colorado will join at least 10…

Johnston launches Colorado Senate campaign focusing on Gardner’s support for Trump, failure on climate change

Johnston launches Colorado Senate campaign focusing on Gardner’s support for Trump, failure on climate change

For Vail native Mike Johnston, last week’s endorsement of President Donald Trump by Sen. Cory Gardner wasn’t the straw that broke the camel’s back and forced him into the 2020…

Colorado independent voters forcing policymakers to take global warming seriously

Colorado independent voters forcing policymakers to take global warming seriously

U.S. carbon emissions spiked by 3.4 percent in 2018, due in large part to the booming economy and increases in transportation and manufacturing. That’s bad news for scientists warning of…

Colorado lawmakers hope for criminal justice reform trickle-down with First Step Act

Colorado lawmakers hope for criminal justice reform trickle-down with First Step Act

Colorado lawmakers and advocates are hoping the passage of the federal First Step criminal justice reform bill by both chambers of Congress and signature by President Donald Trump last week…

Colorado Dems promise to battle for Obamacare as 600,000 face losing ACA protections

Colorado Dems promise to battle for Obamacare as 600,000 face losing ACA protections

Colorado Democrats are vowing to vigorously fight for Obamacare in the wake of a Texas judge’s ruling late last week that every facet of the Affordable Care Act, including its…

U.S. Olympic Committee gives nod to Utah over Colorado for potential 2030 Winter Games bid

U.S. Olympic Committee gives nod to Utah over Colorado for potential 2030 Winter Games bid

The United States Olympic Committee on Friday announced it will put Salt Lake City forward as a potential host for the 2030 Winter Olympics, snubbing a Denver and overall Colorado…

Colorado lawmakers look for long-term cost solutions as ACA sign-up deadline looms

Colorado lawmakers look for long-term cost solutions as ACA sign-up deadline looms

With just a handful of days left to sign up for first-of-the-year health-insurance coverage on the individual market, Colorado is actually trending ahead of the nation in terms of signing…

Citing climate change, Xcel Energy moves toward carbon-free future

Citing climate change, Xcel Energy moves toward carbon-free future

Xcel Energy on Tuesday unveiled what the eight-state electric utility is calling “the most ambitious [carbon reduction plans] announced to date within the electric power industry,” drawing swift praise from…

As ANWR opens to drilling, Patagonia targets Trump tax bill as ‘pure evil’

As ANWR opens to drilling, Patagonia targets Trump tax bill as ‘pure evil’

Outdoor clothing and gear manufacture Patagonia last week announced it’s giving the company’s $10 million windfall from last year’s “irresponsible tax cuts” to groups “defending our air, water and land,”…

New federal climate report highlights brutal economic, social impacts of carbon pollution

New federal climate report highlights brutal economic, social impacts of carbon pollution

A dire new report called the National Climate Assessment, produced by 13 Trump administration agencies and released on Black Friday, provides a stark warning about the economic and environmental threats…

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