Colorado Times Recorder

The Colorado Times Recorder was launched in 2016 to help fill the information gap created by the declining number of news outlets and reporters in Colorado. We cover statewide stories as well as local news coming out of Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, Fort Collins, Grand Junction, Durango, and more.

We aim to be fair and accurate. Our work is nonpartisan, with a progressive orientation, which means we emphasize coverage of Colorado stories that advance or illuminate the progressive values of freedom, justice, responsibility, opportunity, and equality.

We accept opinion pieces and story ideas from readers. Submit them in any format—text, photos, audio, video, graphics–here.

But we don’t want–and won’t post–factual errors or other misinformation. To that end, we do our best to vet all of our posts for accuracy and basic decency.

And we’ll readily correct all errors that we—or you—discover.

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All our articles are free for republishing on print or digital platforms, as long a tagline is added stating that the piece originally appeared in the Colorado Times Recorder–with a link to our news site.


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We were once retweeted by LeBron James.


Jason Salzman. Jason is a progressive journalist, blogger, and former freelance media critic for the Rocky Mountain News. Jason’s columns twice received Denver Press Club/Denver Newspaper Guild awards.  He is the author of three books: Making the News: A Guide for Activists and Nonprofits; (with Ben Cohen, of Ben and Jerry’s) 50 Ways You Can Show George the Door in 2004; and (with Michael Huttner) 50 Ways You Can Help Obama Change America. Jason’s chapter, “Journalism and the Scientific Consensus on Global Warming,” was published in How the West Was Warmed (Fulcrum, 2009). He’s a co-author of, “Local TV News: Getting Away with Murder,” which appeared in the Harvard Journal on Press/Politics (1997). Jason’s articles have appeared in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Christian Science Monitor, Chronicle of Philanthropy,, The Denver Post,  Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Nonprofit World, Shaman’s Drum, Sierra, Utne Reader and elsewhere. Jason co-founded of Rocky Mountain Media Watch, a nonprofit organization that held the news media to their own professional standards. Jason is also co-founder of Effect Communications. Reach him at jason at or on Twitter at @bigmediablogger


Erik Maulbetsch. Erik is a progressive investigative reporter and researcher. His writing focuses largely on Colorado politics and policy. His writing and research has appeared in stories by the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, Politico, ESPN, Dow Jones Wire, Denver Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the Houston Chronicle.  He has also worked for Freedom For All Americans, a national organization working for nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans, and as communications director of the ACLU of Colorado. He has also worked as a research and communications consultant and as a magazine editor. Reach him by email at [email protected].

Madeleine Schmidt. Madeleine is a progressive journalist and social media specialist. Her writing covers Colorado politics and policy with a focus on reproductive health, rights, and justice. She recently graduated from Colorado College, where she studied Comparative Literature and Journalism. In Colorado Springs, she worked in the newsroom at KRCC, southern Colorado’s NPR affiliate, before moving to Denver to pursue a career in journalism and advocacy. In addition to the Colorado Times Recorder and KRCC, her work has appeared in Rewire.News, Jezebel,, The Colorado Springs Independent, and Reach her by email at [email protected]

Michael Lund. Michael is a blogger, policy researcher, and former public school teacher. His posts have appeared on and ColoradoPols. Reach him @Michaelund1.


In an article headlined, “QAnon Looms Behind Nationwide Rallies and Viral #SaveTheChildren Hashtags,” NBC News’ Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins reported: “Regardless of their public online postings and event pages, local media coverage of the events has been widespread and credulous, almost never mentioning the events’ QAnon connections. A few local television and radio stations have advertised lists of the events on their news websites. “The Colorado Times Recorder served as an outlier with its report last week: “Denver Anti-Child Sex Trafficking March Rooted in QAnon Conspiracy Theories.” (Emphasis added.)

The Colorado Times Recorder deserves “accolades in their roles for fighting intolerance, bigotry and creeping fascism, especially as it comes in [the] form of right-wing media.” — Craig Silverman, a columnist for the Colorado Sun.

“Great work… I’m amazed at what you are able to cover and how others don’t address some of the same stories,” Aaron Harber, host of the Aaron Harber Show, a public affairs program.

Jason Salzman “does some of the best work out there, I believe.” — ColoradoPolitics reporter Joey Bunch.

“No one in Colorado is harder on me than Jason Salzman. A noted Colorado blogger, Jason is as hard left progressive as I am hard right conservative. But I’m cool with Jason b/c with him it’s never personal. He attacks my words, my ideas, but not ME. Those are very different things. If he decides to come after something I’ve said or typed Jason first picks up the phone, calls me & says, ‘Derrick, its Jason. I’m going to publish a piece about [whatever I’ve done to irk him this week] but before I did wanted to get your perspective.’” – Derrick Wilburn, former vice-chair, Colorado Republican Party.


See staff biographies above to reach any of us individually.

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Office Address

Colorado Times Recorder, 1836 Blake Street, #201, Denver, CO, 80202.