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Sharpen your political edge in Colorado! Colorado Politics is the state's top political and public policy news journal, published both online and in a weekly, award-winning print magazine (formerly The Colorado Statesman), which was founded in 1898. Paid subscribers gain exclusive access to the inside track on political news every day.

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Staff

Editorial

Vince Bzdek
Editor at large
Vince is editor of The Gazette in Colorado Springs and was an editor at The Washington Post and Denver Post. He is the author of two politics biographies. Bzdek serves as an advising editor to the Colorado Politics staff.

Linda Shapley
Managing editor
Linda Shapley has nearly 30 years of print and digital news experience and was Managing Editor of The Denver Post until 2017, overseeing news operations and coverage. Shapley worked in many different roles and departments during her time at The Post and oversaw print production for news events large and small. She also led The Post’s community engagement initiative along with other operational duties. Shapley is also vice president on the board of directors for the Denver Press Club. She most recently was Customer Experience Director for Deke Digital, an expert media company located in Wheat Ridge. Prior to The Post, she worked at The Kansas City Star, the Greeley Tribune and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. A Colorado State University graduate, Shapley is a lifelong Coloradan with deep roots in rural Weld County.

Joey Bunch
Deputy managing editor / senior reporter
Joey was part of the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013 and is a two-time Pulitzer finalist. A journalist for more than three decades, he previously covered the environment, the casino industry, civil rights and sports in the South.

Erin Prater
Digital editor
Erin has 15 years of experience writing, editing and designing for newspapers, magazines, websites and publishing houses. She previously served as military reporter at The Gazette and has contributed to several publications.

Dan Njegomir
Opinion editor
Dan is a longtime journalist and veteran of the Colorado political scene, having served as a newspaper reporter, editorial page editor, senior legislative staffer and political consultant.

Ernest Luning
Reporter
Ernest has covered politics for The Colorado Statesman and Colorado Politics for a decade. He previously was an editor and reporter with several newspapers in metro Denver.

Marianne Goodland
Reporter
Marianne has covered the Colorado General Assembly and elections for two decades, focusing on campaign finance, education, water, rural issues and agriculture.

Alayna Alvarez
Reporter
Alayna Alvarez is the Denver reporter for Colorado Politics. She previously worked in Washington, D.C., as an editorial assistant and reporter, covering state policy trends for Stateline, a nonpartisan news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. She also has worked as a staff writer for an ocean policy-oriented nonprofit and as a reporter for a daily newspaper in her hometown of Victoria, Texas. She graduated in 2015 from the University of Texas at Austin with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Michael Karlik
Breaking news reporter
Michael Karlik has lived in Denver for over seven years. In 2016 he created City Council Chronicles, a website and podcast that analyzed local government decision making across hundreds of cities worldwide. He also wrote and produced "Tear It Down," a "Serial"-style podcast exploring the astonishing series of events in one small Ohio town that led to government shutdowns, accusations of racism, and bullying. Most recently, he was the education reporter for the Torrington Telegram in Goshen County, Wyo.

Stephanie Swearngin
Design director
Stephanie also is web and projects designer at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, where she designed the investigative series “Other than Honorable,” which received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting.

Rachael Wright
Columnist
Rachael Wright is a Colorado-based author of four novels, with degrees in Political Science and History from Colorado Mesa University, and is a contributing columnist to Colorado Politics. Rachael also is responsible for the weekly Colorado Politics Calendar.