Staff

Luna Anna Archey

Associate Photo Editor 
Location: Colorado

Luna is a Michigander that left the midwest for the first time just six years ago and hasn’t stopped exploring since. Her curiosity led her to degrees in neuroscience and the fine arts at the University of Michigan where she started telling multimedia stories. Luna’s most recent work was with a non-profit in northern India that promotes financial independence through craft making for rural women. In her free time she can be found taking her camera and her dog, Rhubarb, for a walk.

email: lunaarchey at hcn.org

Emily Benson

Associate Editor
Location: Idaho

Emily oversees coverage of the northern part of our region as an associate editor based in Moscow, Idaho. Her lifelong love of the outdoors was sparked by a childhood spent swimming and paddling the lakes and rivers of New York State’s Adirondack Mountains. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Colgate University in central New York, a master’s degree in biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a graduate certificate from the University of California Santa Cruz’s Science Communication Program. She spends most of her free time cross-country skiing or cooling off in the nearest lake or river, depending on the season.

email: emilyb at hcn.org

Paige Blankenbuehler

Associate Editor
Location: Colorado

Paige oversees coverage of HCN’s South Desk from Durango, Colorado. Her writing focuses on the complexities and wellbeing of rural communities and she often gravitates toward narratives where wild people and wild places collide. As associate editor, Paige also helps shape the magazine’s investigative coverage. She has covered Western issues for nearly a decade and holds a master’s degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. When she’s not writing, shes hiking or skiing in the San Juan Mountains with her hound, Porter.

email: paigeb at hcn.org

Nick Bowlin

Correspondent
Location: Colorado

Nick is a correspondent for HCN's South Desk. He was born and grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After graduating from St. Olaf College, a small school in southeastern Minnesota, he got his journalism start at a newspaper in the Philadelphia area covering local government. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he covered campaigns, lobbying, and money in politics for E&E News, an environmental and energy publication. 

email: nickbowlin at hcn.org

Graham Lee Brewer

Associate Editor
Location: Oklahoma

Graham Lee Brewer is an associate editor on the High Country News Indigenous affairs desk. He is a native of Oklahoma, where he resides with his two sons, and a member of the Cherokee Nation. Graham is an alum of The Oklahoman newspaper and a regular contributor to both NPR and the New York Times. Graham serves as a board member for the Native American Journalists Association.

email: grahamb at hcn.org

Laura Dixon

Events & Business Partner Coordinator
Location: Oregon

Laura has worked in marketing, development, advertising and community relations for numerous non-profits, including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Spiritual Paths Foundation, and Pilchuck Glass School. She has spent many years working in public libraries. Laura enjoys exploring Oregon, her new home state, spending time with family and friends, gardening, fiber arts, reading, qigong and visiting hot springs.

email: laurad at hcn.org

Jessica Douglas

Editorial Fellow
Location: Oregon

Jessica Douglas is a native of Oregon and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. She attended the University of Oregon where she studied journalism and found an interest in the intersections of traditional ecological knowledge, western science and climate change. Before joining High Country News, she interned at the Eugene Weekly and The Astorian. When not reporting, she is usually drawing, beading, or spending time in her garden.

email: jessica.douglas at hcn.org

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Clara Fecht

Charitable Gift Advisor
Location: Florida, but Colorado-bound!

Raised on a healthy diet of Great Lakes majesty and Motor City rhythm, Clara is a Michigan native and art historian turned nonprofit fundraiser. She holds two degrees in art history — a B.A. from Denison University and M.A. from the University of Toronto — and began her career in the museum sector, helping to raise critical funds and capital campaign support for the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Clara has now found her home connecting passionate individuals with High Country News and working with HCN’s enthusiastic donors, readers and Board of Directors. When not wearing her fundraising cap, she enjoys getting lost in museums, breaking into song, tickling the ivories and backpacking wild places with her intrepid better half.

email: clara.fecht at hcn.org

Roberto (Bear) Guerra

Photo Editor
Location: Arizona

Bear Guerra is a photographer who focuses on social and environmental justice issues, the impacts of globalization and development, and the human condition in communities often underrepresented in the media. His work and collaborations with media, nonprofit and arts organizations have been published and exhibited widely. Amongst other recognitions, he has been a finalist for a National Magazine Award in Photojournalism; and was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Bear lives in Tucson, Arizona, with his wife and frequent collaborator, journalist (and HCN contributing editor) Ruxandra Guidi, and their daughter.

email: bearguerra at hcn.org

Follow him on Instagram @bearguerra

Ruxandra Guidi

Contributing Editor
Location: California

Ruxandra Guidi, a native of Venezuela, has reported throughout the United States and Latin America for both magazines and public radio, and in both English and Spanish. She has worked extensively as an independent journalist, and has also worked for PRI’s The World, NPR’s Latino USA, and as a U.S.-Mexico border reporter for the Fronteras Desk initiative. Her work has been published by Orion Magazine, National Geographic NewsWatch, The Atlantic, and others. She’s a board member for the award-winning nonprofit journalism collaborative, Homelands Productions, and she regularly collaborates with husband, (and HCN photo editor) Bear Guerra, under the name Fonografia Collective.

email: ruxandrag at hcn.org

Greg Hanscom

Executive Director/Publisher
Location: Washington

Greg Hanscom is an award-winning journalist and news industry trailblazer. In more than two decades in the business, he has helped for- and nonprofit news organizations from coast to coast adapt to a fast-changing business environment, and reach broader, more diverse audiences. It all began at High Country News, where he started as an intern and worked his way up to the editor’s chair. He is honored to be back at HCN after 14 years away, helping to write the next chapter of a long-running story about the region he loves.

email: greghanscom at hcn.org

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Erica Howard

Director of Business Administration
Location: UK

Erica moved to Paonia in late 2015 from Isle of Wight, England, having fallen in love with this part of Colorado after being a regular visitor to the U.S. for many years as a spouse of an American. Recently, she returned to the UK and provides support from afar. Previously, Erica served as the Director of Finance and HR for the UK Sailing Academy, a youth training nonprofit, for 20 years. She has two grown children, one of whom lives in California. Erica loves walking/hiking, having wonderful friends in her life and anything feline.

email: ericah at hcn.org

Karen Howe

Customer Service Specialist
Location: Colorado

Karen Howe grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Art from Western State Colorado University. She interned at Thistle Whistle Farm in Hotchkiss, spent a year as a Fellow with the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and worked for two years with the Delta County Libraries. She enjoys spending time with her dairy goats, exploring for petroglyphs and hiking the Black Canyon National Park.

email: karenhowe at hcn.org

Maya L. Kapoor

Associate Editor
Location: California

In her role as associate editor, Maya combines her fascination with biology and her love for environmental humanities. She reports on climate change, endangered species and social justice, while also editing book reviews and essays. Previously, Maya served as associate editor for High Country News’ South Desk. She has more than a decade’s experience as a field biologist and environmental educator in the Western United States and Latin America. In her free time she likes to backpack.

email: mayak at hcn.org

Gretchen King 

Managing Digital Editor
Location: Colorado

Gretchen is excited to hear from HCN readers and help them forge a stronger connection to the stories of the West. She manages the workflow and content flow of all of HCN’s journalism and oversees the digital content of High Country News, including its website, social media presence and newsletters. With a B.S. in journalism and masters in professional communications, Gretchen has worked in the web world since 1992 (and knows this dates her to admit). Raised on the Western Slope of Colorado, Gretchen has lived in Boulder, Indiana, Oregon and Fairbanks, Alaska. Now living in Gunnison, she loves any mountain experience, chocolate and spending time with her husband, Mike, her 14-year-old son, Riley, and their two dogs.

email: gretchenk at hcn.org

Jessica Kutz

Assistant Editor
Location: Arizona

Jessica Kutz got her start in journalism as a staff reporter at a small-town daily newspaper in Telluride, Colorado. She has a degree in international affairs from the University of Colorado and an international media certificate. After completing an internship and fellowship with High Country News, she is now an assistant editor based out of Tucson, Ariz. Jessica focuses her reporting on the issues and stories that impact under-represented communities that call the West home.

email: jessicak at hcn.org

Paul Larmer

Senior Development Officer
Location: Colorado

After completing his internship in 1984, Paul went on to hold almost every possible position at High Country News. He is now responsible for working with the board of directors, drumming up funding and generally making sure the magazine is sailing in the right direction. He holds a master’s degree in natural resource policy and worked for years at the Sierra Club. Every summer he plants a few crops on his small ranch in Western Colorado and pretends to be a farmer.

email: paul at hcn.org

Gary Love

Director of Product and Marketing
Location: Washington

Gary has bounced around the West throughout life, born in California, raised in Colorado, attended school in Idaho, and settled in Washington.  He began his career sleeping under a desk trying to rebuild the Boulder Daily Camera’s site from scratch and has helped teams at Disney, Hearst and Tegna make sense of new audiences and technologies. When not working on introducing new audiences to High Country News, he can be seen playing for several roller derby leagues in the northwest.

email: gary.love at hcn.org

Betsy Marston

Editor at Large
Location: Colorado

She may have edited High Country News for 19 years – longer than anyone else in the history of the publication – but Betsy insists the experience did not make her crazy. She currently writes the column “Heard Around the West.” She describes herself as a “volunteeraholic,” and in no particular order, loves Paonia, biking back roads, reading the Sunday New York Times, and her grandchildren Maude, Bruno and Sorcha.

email: betsym at hcn.org

Kathy Martinez

Customer Service Manager/Circulation Systems Administrator
Location: Colorado

Since 1995 Kathy has worked her way up the ranks of the HCN Circulation Department from part-time office staff (applying labels to the newspaper when it was mailed from our Paonia office) to circulation service manager. Kathy now concentrates on the database needed to support HCN’s subscribers. When not at HCN you can find her fishing and camping in the great outdoors or staying close to home gardening, cooking and being a grandma.

email: kathy at hcn.org

Surya Milner

Editorial Intern
Location: Montana

As a teen, Surya Milner developed a deep connection with the Montana landscape, often swinging a mattock to work on trails as a volunteer for the Montana Conservation Corps in the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness and the Custer Gallatin National Forest.

 At Bowdoin College in Maine, she reported for her college newspaper and local outlets, writing about a three-time rodeo queen in Livingston, Montana; a short-lived mixed-race fishing community on Malaga Island, Maine; and her own identity as a biracial South Asian American woman. Milner will work on the North Desk. “I hope my writing is a drop in the bucket of big or small changes to elevate certain people into a discussion that they’ve historically been left out of,” she said, “or at least brings beauty and pleasure to whoever is reading it.”

email: surya.milner at hcn.org

Carol Newman

Development Assistant
Location: Colorado

Carol calls Colorado her home state, although, she was born in the midwest, and spent 12 years in Charlotte, North Carolina, prior to moving back to Colorado in 2014. As a Coloradan, she became interested in environmental issues at a young age and supports efforts to protect our natural resources. Her other passion is art, and the thriving arts community in the Paonia prompted Carol’s move to the Western Slope. Carol has wide-ranging experience working with nonprofits both as a staff member and as a board member. In her spare time, Carol loves to create art (of course!), spend time with family and friends, and go on adventures.

email: carolnewman at hcn.org

Michelle Nijhuis

Contributing Editor

Michelle began her journalism career in 1998, as a High Country News intern, and has written and edited for High Country News ever since. Now a project editor for The Atlantic, Michelle has also written about science and conservation for National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, and many other publications; her reporting has won several national honors and been included in four Best American anthologies. Until 2013, Michelle and her family lived off the electrical grid near HCN's home base in Paonia. They now live on the north side of the Columbia Gorge, in Washington state. 

email: michelle at hcn.org

Mark Nydell

Customer Service Specialist
Location: Colorado

Ever since Mark was a child, the woods were his home and being a steward of the environment became a way of life. His passion for the outdoors eventually grew into a 20 year career with the National Park Service. Through the NPS, Mark was able to live and work in some of the most beautiful places that this country has to offer. Mark can now be found working for HCN as part of the Customer Service team. During his off time, Mark keeps busy tending to his backyard farm and garden, exploring the peaks and forests of the western states with his wife, or playing with his kids.

email: marknydell at hcn.org

Alyssa Pinkerton

Director of Philanthropy
Location: Colorado

Alyssa was born in Florida, but don’t hold that against her. She has worked for High Country News in the development department since October 2008. She enjoys building relationships with the remarkable readership, staff and board of directors. When she’s not working with donors, you can find her romping out in the wild lands, painting pictures, dancing, or soaking in hot springs - with her two darling towheads.

email: alyssap at hcn.org

Bryan Pollard

Interim Associate Editor
Location: Arkansas

Bryan is an Oklahoma native and citizen of the Cherokee Nation now residing in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He grew up in New Orleans and after graduation from Louisiana State University, he moved to Portland, Oregon, where he began his journalism career and fell in love with the West.

He was the founding managing editor of Street Roots, a nonprofit newspaper covering issues of concern to the homeless and low-income citizens of Portland. He later returned to Oklahoma to serve as the executive editor of the Cherokee Phoenix, Indian Country’s first Native American newspaper first published in 1828.

Bryan is also the associate director and former president of the Native American Journalists Association, where his work lies in developing programs that empower Indigenous voices in journalism, and that examine and explain the intersection of journalistic freedom and Indigenous rights.

Bryan is nearing completion of his master’s degree in journalism from the University of Arkansas, and recently completed the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.

email: bryanp at hcn.org

Elena Saavedra Buckley

Contributing Editor
Location: New Mexico

Elena is a contributing editor for HCN's back of the book, helping shape the magazine's book reviews and essays. She started as an editorial intern and fellow on the Indigenous Affairs desk, and she wrote a cover story about the alleged crimes of a Colorado funeral home. She spends most of her time freelancing from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

email: elenasb at hcn.org



Jennifer Sahn

Editor-in-Chief
Location: California

Jennifer has logged two decades at nonprofit magazines, editing award-winning journalism and narrative nonfiction and leading teams to new heights. She grew up in California, settled in New England to become editor of Orion magazine, then returned to California as executive editor of Pacific Standard. Her work has been recognized by the National Magazine Awards, Utne Independent Press Awards, Pushcart Prize, O. Henry Prize, John Burroughs Essay Awards, and the Best American Series anthologies. She lives in Santa Barbara, where she walks the frontcountry trails and wild stretches of coast.

email: jennifer.sahn at hcn.org


Carl Segerstrom

Assistant Editor
Location: Washington

Carl comes to HCN from Eugene, Oregon where he studied journalism through the University of Oregon’s professional masters program and wrote for Eugene Weekly. Originally from the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, Carl has lived and travelled through much of the West. When hes not digging into environmental news stories, he likes to spend time outside skiing and exploring high country rivers and lakes.

email: carls at hcn.org


Anna V. Smith

Assistant Editor
Location: Oregon

Anna V. Smith has spent the majority of her life in the Pacific Northwest, from growing up in rural Oregon to becoming a news reporter on a small cluster of islands in northern Washington. She joined the High Country News team in Paonia as our editorial intern in July 2016 and is now an assistant editor based in Oregon, where she writes and edits for HCN’s Indigenous affairs desk. In 2018 and in 2019 she received Best Coverage of Native America from the Native American Journalism Association.

email: annasmith at hcn.org


Leah Sottile

Correspondent
Location: Oregon

Leah Sottile is a freelance journalist whose features, profiles, investigations and essays have been featured in the Washington Post, New York Times Magazine, Playboy, California Sunday Magazine and The Atlantic, among others. She is the host of the National Magazine Award-nominated podcast, Bundyville, made in collaboration with Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting. She lives in Oregon.


McKenna Stayner

Features Director
Location: California

McKenna is the Features Director at HCN and native to Los Angeles. She has backpacked, biked, and rafted in every state in HCN’s area of coverage and has covered much of the Southwest and California by foot. She went to St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and recently moved back West from New York, where she received her Master’s In Oral History from Columbia University and worked as an editor at The New Yorker Magazine, focusing on features, books and politics. She was also an organizer of The New Yorker Magazine Union and remains committed to employees working together to advocate for their rights, values and leadership within all types of organizations. She loves sleeping outside, preferably under bright stars, and is happiest in the desert.

email:mckennastayner at hcn.org

Hannah Stevens

Development Associate
Location: Colorado

Hannah Stevens holds a degree in biology from Colorado College and a MA in conservation biology from Columbia University. She spent more than a decade at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, where she had her nose in herbarium collections (including holding in hand a plant collected by Charles Darwin himself), data management, phytochemistry, international field work and, most recently, headed the Geographic Information Systems conservation research program. Hannah recently landed back in Paonia where once upon a time her family had an organic garlic farm. You can now find her managing HCNs monthly giving program, which includes helping over 800 wonderful donors, and helping with other development campaigns. In her spare time, she tries to keep up with her daughters and partner (who hopes one day she will actually row a boat; paddleboarding is really more her style), chickens, and a big garden.

email: hannahstevens at hcn.org

Diane Sylvain

Copy Editor
Location: Colorado

Diane is a one-time Air Force brat who grew up all over the country but lost her heart to western Colorado. When she’s not copy editing, she writes rambling essays about nothing in particular and occasionally even finds the time to do a bit of artwork. She’s worked for HCN since 1990 and lives in a very old and indescribably ramshackle house in Paonia, surrounded by mountainous piles of books, interesting rocks and seashells, and patrolled at night by the ghosts of all the cats who have gone before. Her hobbies include making bad puns, complaining about sciatica, displaying an obnoxious certainty about grammar, and enjoying long walks, leisurely train trips and periodic retreats to the nearest Trappist monastery, which as everybody knows is a great place to meet interesting guys.

email: diane at hcn.org

Jonathan Thompson

Contributing Editor
Location: Bulgaria (yes, Bulgaria)

Jonathan Thompson is a native Westerner with deep roots in southwestern Colorado. He owned and edited the Silverton Standard & the Miner newspaper in the tiny town of Silverton, Colo., and was the editor-in-chief of High Country News from 2007 to 2010. He was a 2011-12 Ted Scripps fellow in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Now he lives in Sofia, Bulgaria, with his wife and two daughters and is writing a book about the Gold King Mine disaster. 

email: jonathan at hcn.org

Sarah Tory

Correspondent
Location: Colorado

Growing up in Toronto, Sarah Tory devoured books on mountaineering, learned to ski on the modest yet icy slopes several hours away and became an avid rock climber and runner. The summers after her high school graduation in New Hampshire and freshman year at Williams College in Massachusetts, she returned to the Canadian Rockies, where she cleaned cabins at a lodge – and encountered grizzly bears.

Sarah, who recently completed her MFA from Columbia University in New York, has covered environmental issues for the English-language Santiago Times in Chile and worked on a documentary about mining in Peru. She and a friend once biked 5,000 kilometers through Argentina and Chile, ending in Argentinas Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world. "Ramona," her trusty touring bike, accompanied her to Paonia, but her interest in a mountain bike is growing daily. 

email: sarahtory at hcn.org

Christine Trudeau

Contributing Editor
Location: California

Christine Trudeau is a contributing editor on the High Country News Indigenous affairs desk. She is a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, and has reported on Indigenous affairs throughout the United States in both print and radio. Christine is the managing editor for the Indigenous Investigative Collective (IIC) project covering Covid-19’s impact on Indigenous communities throughout the United States. Christine was awarded the Reveal Investigative Fellowship from the Center for Investigative Reporting for 2018/2019. She is an executive member of the Native American Journalists Association’s Board of Directors.

emailchristine.trudeau at hcn.org

Cindy Wehling

Art Director
Location: Colorado

Cindy has been responsible for making High Country News look its best since 1990, including shepherding its transition from newspaper to magazine and from black and white to full color. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she works with photographers and artists and heads up the design and production of the magazine. Cindy and her husband, Don Olsen, also work on the family farm and are continuing to add on to the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Usonian house they built overlooking their hayfields.

email: cindy at hcn.org

Tammy York

Customer Service Specialist
Location: Colorado

Tammy grew up in the finger lakes region of New York State but set out for Colorado after receiving her bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from SUNY Potsdam. She has been helping High Country News readers since 2008. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband and four kids, camping, hiking, swimming and playing guitar.

email: tammyyork at hcn.org

Brandon Yadageri Moreno

Climate Justice Fellow
Location: California

Brandon is a documentary film producer and cinematographer who reports on migration, queerness, climate justice and land use across the Western U.S. and Latin America. Through an intimate and reverent filmmaking style, he strives to tell character-driven stories that humanize and uplift communities. Brandon has held numerous fellowships, produced award-winning work and holds a master’s degree in video journalism from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. When he isn’t working on projects for High Country News or other national outlets, you can find him riding and running the trails around his home in the San Francisco Bay Area, or scrambling in the canyons behind his childhood home in Tucson, Arizona.

email: brandon.yadegari at hcn.org

Wufei Yu

Editorial Intern
Location: New Mexico

Born and raised in Beijing, China, Wufei Yu reports on the intersection of nature and the under-represented communities in the West for the South desk from Albuquerque, New Mexico. His wanderlust and love for the outdoors landed him in the High Desert in 2019. Since then, the western landscape and its early residents’ largely forgotten histories have mesmerized him. 

Before joining High Country News, Wufei wrote investigations, features and essays for The New York Times, South China Morning Post, Searchlight New Mexico and Outside Magazine, where he was a fellow, and earned his Master’s in journalism at Columbia University. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, rock climbing and cooking — lots of — Chinese food.

email: wufei.yu at hcn.org

Mary Zachman

Bookkeeper
Location: Colorado

Mary grew up in Santa Barbara, California, and lived on the west coast of Florida. The West called her back, and she moved to Colorado in 2009, first landing Montrose and then in Ridgway. In 2015 she found Paonia and has felt at home ever since. Mary shares her home with her husband, John, and their two dogs. She has three grown kids who followed her to Colorado. Mary loves hiking and exploring the beautiful Colorado landscapes. In addition to her work at HCN, Mary does bookkeeping for KVNF and a solar company, and works at a local home bakery. Mary’s passion is real, healthy, organic food, and she loves spending time cooking with the bounty that Paonia offers. 

emailmaryz at hcn.org

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