HCN celebrates newness in the new year

We have a new look, editors and fellows.


High Country News has a fresh look and a new schedule, but fear not: We’ll keep you up to date on all our doings right here at “Dear Friends.”

It’s the time of year for blizzards and road closures in the high country. But though some of us have been hunkered down indoors, getting the new magazine out to you, others have ventured out on the road, making face-to-face appearances.

In December, Associate Editor Tristan Ahtone journeyed to Durango, Colorado, to teach a feature-writing workshop to journalism students at Fort Lewis College. That night, Tristan and Associate Editor Paige Blankenbuehler, who is based in Durango, spoke on a panel about investigative journalism.

Tristan Ahton, Indigenous Affairs Desk editor, presents to students at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.
Paige Blankenbuehler/High Country News

It’s also the time of year where we welcome a new cohort of interns and fellows. This round, we’ve invited former intern Helen Santoro to become an editorial fellow for the West-North Desk. Meanwhile, we’re excited to announce two new additions to the magazine. Leah Sottile, the brilliant reporter behind the podcast Bundyville, has joined the West-North Desk as a correspondent, and we’re bringing on a contributing editor for features, McKenna Stayner, who has returned to the West after five years as an editor at The New Yorker.

We have bid adieu to Chris King, our digital marketer, but are glad to say he’s still in the neighborhood; He’s working at Solar Energy International just down the street from HCN’s Paonia, Colorado, headquarters. Good luck, Chris! 

One correction: In a recent perspective, we mistakenly referred to Henry George’s famous book on railroads (“Gilded Age problems – and remedies – echo in today’s economy,” 12/9/19); its title is Progress and Poverty. We regret the error.

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