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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.

Bennet, Polis playing long game when it comes to Colorado wilderness preservation

Bennet, Polis playing long game when it comes to Colorado wilderness preservation

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Jared Polis last month introduced the bicameral Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness, and Camp Hale Legacy Act to designate 98,621 acres of federal lands in…

USOC rules out bidding on 2026 Winter Olympics, targeting 2030 instead

USOC rules out bidding on 2026 Winter Olympics, targeting 2030 instead

The United States will go at least 28 years between Winter Olympics, United States Olympic Committee officials confirmed during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, ruling out a…

Shutdown showdown postponed a few weeks as DACA deal delayed yet again

Shutdown showdown postponed a few weeks as DACA deal delayed yet again

While President Donald Trump mocked Democrats for “caving” on last weekend’s brief federal government shutdown, Colorado Democrats are still holding out hope for a deal to protect Dreamers by the…

Government shutdown looms as White House rejects bipartisan DACA deal

Government shutdown looms as White House rejects bipartisan DACA deal

Congress is deadlocked once again on a permanent solution for Dreamers — young people who were brought to the country illegally by their parents at a very early age and…

Sexual harassment debate rages in Colorado Legislature as session hits second week

Sexual harassment debate rages in Colorado Legislature as session hits second week

State Sen. Kerry Donovan found it “interesting” that much of the focus of the sexual harassment debate during the first week of the Colorado General Assembly last week was on…

Colorado governor, gubernatorial hopefuls weigh in on Sessions’ marijuana decision

Colorado governor, gubernatorial hopefuls weigh in on Sessions’ marijuana decision

Colorado’s current governor and two front-runners to replace him in November all blasted Thursday’s decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to reverse the Cole Memo and potentially target states like…

Can the Winter Olympics move beyond politics and leave a lasting legacy of positive change?

Can the Winter Olympics move beyond politics and leave a lasting legacy of positive change?

North Korea and South Korea are holding talks about the North’s possible participation in next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and President Donald Trump — despite previous…

Democratic Colorado lawmakers skewer colleagues for holiday break without fixing DACA, CHIP

Democratic Colorado lawmakers skewer colleagues for holiday break without fixing DACA, CHIP

Jared Polis, a Boulder Democrat who represents part of Colorado ski country in Congress, scolded his colleagues for “skipping town” for the holiday break without dealing with two critical issues…

Southeastern Utah now ground zero for divergent views on managing public lands

Southeastern Utah now ground zero for divergent views on managing public lands

When I was in college in Denver from the mid to late 1980s, a friend and I did a road trip to Natural Bridges in southeastern Utah — the state’s…

One county, two very different representatives: Tipton vs Polis

One county, two very different representatives: Tipton vs Polis

Eagle County, Colo., is a rural, mountain resort area with a population of about 53,000 people, but it has two representatives in Congress because of a split boundary, and those…

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