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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.

Kavanaugh Supreme Court pick hits home in Colorado as Bennet, Brauchler, Weiser weigh in

Kavanaugh Supreme Court pick hits home in Colorado as Bennet, Brauchler, Weiser weigh in

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, announced on Tuesday that he will vote against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s the letter he sent…

Iconic Purina plant celebrates sense of place, pride in north Denver community

Iconic Purina plant celebrates sense of place, pride in north Denver community

There’s a palpable sense of pride when talking to Nestlé Purina engineering manager Tom Rotunno about the north Denver factory where he’s worked for the past two decades – the iconic…

Gun debate shaping race for Colorado attorney general

Gun debate shaping race for Colorado attorney general

A story I wrote for Wednesday’s Vail Daily on the open Colorado attorney general’s race in the Nov. 6 general election drew some statewide notice, with the left-leaning website Colorado Pols highlighting the in-depth…

Defensible space around mountain towns seen as key to winning wildfire war

Defensible space around mountain towns seen as key to winning wildfire war

I asked Democratic Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet on Tuesday about a tweet from President Donald Trump earlier this week blaming the magnitude of the ongoing California wildfires on that state’s…

Colorado Western Slope congressional district could catch women’s wave

Colorado Western Slope congressional district could catch women’s wave

EMILY’s List, which bill itself as “the nation’s largest resource for women in politics”, is betting on former Eagle County state Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush to do something that’s never…

Weiser, Brauchler differ sharply on role of state AG in Trump, Russia scandal

Weiser, Brauchler differ sharply on role of state AG in Trump, Russia scandal

Both the Democratic and Republican candidates for Colorado attorney general last week expressed varying degrees of concern about President Donald Trump’s widely criticized meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in…

Destination: Healthy Skin free screening RV rolls into Colorado with a boost from Walgreens

Destination: Healthy Skin free screening RV rolls into Colorado with a boost from Walgreens

Colorado’s rarified air makes it an ideal place to recreate in Rocky Mountain splendor, but it also makes the state a prime place to contract skin cancer. Walgreens has teamed…

Polis, Stapleton take primary wins in Colorado governor’s race

Polis, Stapleton take primary wins in Colorado governor’s race

The congressman who represents the eastern Vail Valley in Washington, Boulder Democrat Jared Polis, will take on Colorado Treasurer Walker Stapleton for governor in the Nov. 6 general election after…

10 years later, Battle Mountain Resort project near Minturn still alive in scaled-back form

10 years later, Battle Mountain Resort project near Minturn still alive in scaled-back form

Sunday, May 20, marks the 10th anniversary of Minturn’s overwhelming vote in favor of the ill-fated Ginn Company proposal for a private ski area and golf resort between Minturn and…

Freelancers forgotten in battle against vulture-capitalist owners like Alden Global

Freelancers forgotten in battle against vulture-capitalist owners like Alden Global

It’s been a brutal decade for freelance journalists. From a high-water mark of 2007, when I actually made a living wage, through the great recession that led to the death…

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