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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.

Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing features three dynamic Colorado teens

Olympic debut of halfpipe skiing features three dynamic Colorado teens

American men historically swept the podium last week in the Olympic debut of slopestyle skiing at the 2014 Sochi Games, and at least one Boulder woman – who admittedly may…

Colorado green leaders question Olympic bid in wake of Sochi costs, impacts

Colorado green leaders question Olympic bid in wake of Sochi costs, impacts

Former Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm, who spearheaded the rejection of the 1976 Denver Winter Olympics, says he’s not opposed to a future Colorado bid but advocates a rethinking of the…

Backcountry skiing closures ill-advised, unenforceable in wake of tragic avalanche deaths

Backcountry skiing closures ill-advised, unenforceable in wake of tragic avalanche deaths

You really can’t put the genie back in the bottle, even if the genie is 900 feet wide, 1,500 feet long, 10 feet deep and deadly as hell. The Jan.…

Former Olympic mogul skier and NFL player Jeremy Bloom happy he’s no longer taking big hits

Former Olympic mogul skier and NFL player Jeremy Bloom happy he’s no longer taking big hits

Former Olympic mogul skier and NFL player Jeremy Bloom is headed to the Sochi Winter Olympics for his third stint as a broadcaster, but with the Denver Broncos in the…

Political fundraising and slope-side schmoozing raise conservative eyebrows at posh ski areas

Political fundraising and slope-side schmoozing raise conservative eyebrows at posh ski areas

Posh ski resorts in Vail, Aspen and Park City have long been playgrounds of the rich and famous, but increasingly they’re fertile ground for political fundraising and slope-side schmoozing between…

From terrorism to homophobia to tandem toilets, so many reasons to take a pass on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

From terrorism to homophobia to tandem toilets, so many reasons to take a pass on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Twice over the summer I expounded on my many reasons for taking a pass on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics after attending and working at the last three Winter Games…

Colorado regulators pass tougher rules for companies that spill oil

Colorado regulators pass tougher rules for companies that spill oil

Colorado oil and gas regulators on Tuesday passed new, tougher rules for companies that spill oil or exploration and production waste. The new regulations, passed unanimously by the nine-member Colorado…

Fracking-ban fracas likely to shape Colorado gubernatorial race

Fracking-ban fracas likely to shape Colorado gubernatorial race

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat whose 2nd Congressional District has seen a big spike in oil and gas drilling, told an industry trade association today that it should immediately…

Vonn ready to race in World Cup downhill at Lake Louise

Vonn ready to race in World Cup downhill at Lake Louise

Forgoing surgery on a partially torn ligament in her right knee to race in this weekend’s women’s World Cup at Lake Louise, Canada, is a clear sign of just how…

Cities that imposed fracking bans face gusher of litigation

Cities that imposed fracking bans face gusher of litigation

Lawsuits were flying like snowflakes on Colorado’s Front Range Tuesday as the state’s oil and gas industry and its supporters fired back at cities that enacted fracking bans last month.…