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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 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, SKI Magazine, 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.

Hickenlooper, Kasich lead bipartisan governors opposed to Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal

Hickenlooper, Kasich lead bipartisan governors opposed to Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Tuesday joined a group of nine other governors in opposing the Senate’s last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act before a Sept. 30 deadline,…

From Trump to Pompeo: Lucking out with a candid-camera cellphone steakhouse shot

From Trump to Pompeo: Lucking out with a candid-camera cellphone steakhouse shot

All journalists know that tenacious digging results in the biggest scoops, but sometimes great stories just fall into your lap. Take, for instance, The New York Times story this week…

New Rocky Mountain highs for Colorado insurance rates as ACA debate still rages

New Rocky Mountain highs for Colorado insurance rates as ACA debate still rages

As Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies the far left around a “single-payer” healthcare system and some Republicans try yet again to kill the Affordable Care Act, moderate attempts to bring…

I will stop watching ESPN if it fires Jemele Hill for calling Trump a white supremacist

I will stop watching ESPN if it fires Jemele Hill for calling Trump a white supremacist

The White House is calling for ESPN host Jemele Hill to be fired for tweeting that President Donald Trump “is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other…

DACA deal ‘fairly close’ even as Colorado jumps into legal fray to protect Dreamers

DACA deal ‘fairly close’ even as Colorado jumps into legal fray to protect Dreamers

Caught in a legal crossfire between red and blue state attorney generals over DACA, President Donald Trump on Thursday said he’s “fairly close” to striking a deal to preserve the…

Corporations must stand up to Trump on issues such as immigration, climate change

Corporations must stand up to Trump on issues such as immigration, climate change

We choked on smoke all week in the Vail Valley as wildfires rage from British Columbia to Steamboat Springs. Meanwhile, the more than four feet of rain that deluged Houston…

Gardner, Bennet team up to cosponsor DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients

Gardner, Bennet team up to cosponsor DREAM Act to protect DACA recipients

More bipartisanship wafted out of Colorado toward Washington on Tuesday, like so much smoke from western wildfires. But will it matter for DACA recipients who saw their dreams of citizenship…

Bipartisan Hickenlooper health plan gives tax-exemption nod to hard-hit rural areas

Bipartisan Hickenlooper health plan gives tax-exemption nod to hard-hit rural areas

Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday joined seven other governors – two of them Republicans – to push a short-term bipartisan health-insurance plan (pdf) to stabilize the individual and…

What would Jesus do? Preserve DACA program and ‘show great heart’ to Dreamers

What would Jesus do? Preserve DACA program and ‘show great heart’ to Dreamers

I’ve been writing a lot lately about the looming legal deadline facing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program implemented by President Barack Obama and threatened by 10 Republican…

One Dreamer’s quest for citizenship — from childhood to college degree to DACA deadline

One Dreamer’s quest for citizenship — from childhood to college degree to DACA deadline

At age 21, Alex Trujillo has accomplished a lot in life. He’s an SOS Outreach graduate and former SOS Sherpa who mentored other at-risk kids, and he’s a graduate of…

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