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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.

Red flag law triggers talk of recalls in Colorado even in wake of another school shooting

Red flag law triggers talk of recalls in Colorado even in wake of another school shooting

Douglas County, Colo., is the epicenter of a raging debate over gun safety laws despite yet another school shooting on Tuesday – this time at the STEM School Highlands Ranch.…

Colorado outdoor industry, conservation community praise Climate Action Plan

Colorado outdoor industry, conservation community praise Climate Action Plan

The Colorado House late Wednesday reconciled a Senate version of the Climate Action Plan to Reduce Pollution, or HB 1261, and the bill now heads to the desk of Gov. Jared…

Drug pricing, health insurance battles continue at both state, federal levels

Drug pricing, health insurance battles continue at both state, federal levels

With just one week left in the current legislative session, Colorado lawmakers have achieved some big health care priorities but are stalled on some other key bills aimed at bringing…

Colorado county divided in Congress, largely united behind public lands

Colorado county divided in Congress, largely united behind public lands

Eagle County Colorado is split over two congressional districts with two representatives – Democrat Joe Neguse (CD2) and Republican Scott Tipton (CD3) — who have dramatically different ideas about how…

Effort to increase Colorado transportation, education funding moves forward

Effort to increase Colorado transportation, education funding moves forward

Summit County lawmaker Julie McCluskie and Colorado Speaker of the House KC Becker on Monday celebrated a committee victory for their bipartisan bills they say will allow the state to…

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…

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