The Colorado Observer Ceases Publication

August 1, 2014

As the editor of the Colorado Observer, I am sorry to report that we are ceasing publication Aug. 1. We’ve run out of money. I hope we are able to find additional funding in the near future to resume operations, but it’s possible this marks the end of our run as an online publication.

The Colorado Observer launched in February 2012 with a mission to bring readers “Colorado news, analysis and commentary from a fresh perspective.” I believe we’ve done that.

We have tried to cover the top news stories with voices and viewpoints that are often overlooked, while exploring in greater depth issues that tend to receive short shrift in major media outlets.

We’ve taken pride in our coverage of elections, the state legislature, the historic legislative recalls, gun control, hydraulic fracturing, the environmental movement, ethics issues, the death penalty, public lands, endangered species, and water rights, as well as our daily coverage from Washington, D.C.

I know there were stories that would have been overlooked but for our pursuit. I know there were assumptions that would have gone unquestioned but for our analysis. I know we have made a difference in Colorado. And I hope that one day soon we will be able again to contribute our fresh perspective to the free exchange of ideas that is so vital to a democracy.

I would like to thank the reporters, editors and contributors who made it possible for us to have such an impact in such a short time. Most of all, I would like to thank our readers for their interest and support. It has been an honor and a privilege to bring you The Colorado Observer.

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16 Responses to The Colorado Observer Ceases Publication

  1. Suzanne Staiert
    August 1, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Thank you for your past thorough and thoughtful reporting. This publication has integrity. Thanks for your hard work. I hope to see you back again.

  2. 4ever49
    August 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Sorry to see you go – it was one of the most objective and factual sites out there.

  3. Bob Terry
    August 1, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Was a good run . We are not defeated .. Conservatives and freedom will ring out

    Thanks again and God Bless

  4. Hunter in Fort Collins
    August 1, 2014 at 10:38 am

    I’ll miss your objective reporting. Let’s hope someone can pull a rabbit out of a hat and save the day at the last minute.

  5. Sunana Batra
    August 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    What a terrible loss for Colorado…The Colorado Observer often covered stories no one else in Colorado had gotten or even bothered exploring. For the few months I had the privilege of sharpening my writing chops there, I can truly say I was consistently challenged and encouraged to go after hard-hitting stories and to cultivate sources no one else spoke to. News outlets like C.O. are greatly needed in today’s Dollar store of media.

  6. Cindy Dalton
    August 1, 2014 at 10:53 am

    How can we help the effort? Did you have enough readership? I hate to see you go. We need alternatives to the Post.
    This is horrible with a vital election coming up.
    Cynthia Dalton
    Lone Tree

  7. Former Teacher
    August 1, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Good riddance to this worthless, “we don’t like to research facts” rag. I’ve never seen such one-sided reporting in my entire life.

    Karma – gotta love it!

    • Knees in the Breeze
      August 4, 2014 at 11:32 am

      Sure you have teacher, in the Denver Pest. The difference is that that soon-to-be-closed worthless rag reported the garbage you’re tuned to.

  8. j herreid
    August 1, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Shoot. So it’s true — only the good die young. Thank you for your integrity, professionalism and excellent reporting, which always had depth and nuance. May you rise again.

  9. Marcus H
    August 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Waaah waaaaaaah….

  10. Joy Overbeck
    August 1, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    What a shock — I love your honest, well-done publication and you have been gracious to publish some of my commentary pieces. THE GOOD NEWS: two of the best reporters around, Audrey Hudson and Valerie Richardson, have written and worked hard for TCO and you can still find their pieces at The Washington Times — check out

  11. Amy
    August 1, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Sad day for investigative journalism.

  12. Matt Arnold
    August 1, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Bummer. Another alternative media outlet folds –
    one of the few reliable sources for investigative journalism leaning towards the limited-government perspective.

    Sad that their funders didn’t stay the course at a critical time.

  13. Dave Norris
    August 2, 2014 at 6:41 am

    You are a good journalist…trying to get out the facts…no matter where they lead. I have followed you since the raid on your home in Maryland.
    What has been the fallout to the potato gun incident? I keep searching
    but nothing is being reported.

  14. Peter1951
    August 4, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I really enjoyed your perspective and sharp wit. Please know that fair-minded Coloradans will miss your informative site.

  15. Old Road Dog
    August 5, 2014 at 6:18 am

    It is sad to see a champion of free speech and honest reporting disappear. As for the former teacher, only a teacher of our current broken K-12 system could applaud the demise of free speech.

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