My name's Robert, thanks for stopping by.
When it comes to journalism, I'm most passionate about people-driven storytelling that illuminates and educates the community around me. This guiding principle has led my work on a variety of topics including homelessness, housing, immigration, environment, politics and more.
I'm currently a reporter for the Summit Daily News where I cover county government, education and housing in Summit County, Colo.
I previously worked as a reporter for Colorado Community Media (CCM) where I covered local government, business, education, culture and general life in the Denver metro area. My work at CCM has been republished by two of Colorado's premiere state-wide outlets — The Colorado Sun and Rocky Mountain PBS.
Before joining CCM, I worked as an investigative reporter for the national Carnegie-Knight News21 program where a team of 35 journalists and I traveled throughout the country to explore how COVID-19 exacerbated inequities in the U.S. For the project, Unmasking America, I spoke with communities across the country grappling with food insecurity which — combined with expert interviews, analysis of federal policy and aggregated data — provided a compelling assessment of the crisis across the U.S.
During my time as an undergraduate at the University of Colorado Boulder I worked at the online student newspaper, the CU Independent (CUI), where I served as a staff writer, news editor and editor-in-chief. As head editor, I oversaw a staff of about 50 writers and 12 editors and helped direct news coverage.
As a student, I also reported for various other Colorado outlets including the Daily Camera, The Colorado Sun and the Colorado Springs Gazette. During that time I covered major events such as the 2020 General Election and the impacts of COVID-19, record-breaking wildfires and droughts in Colorado.
Throughout the newsrooms I've worked in, my reporting has been acknowledged with awards at regional and national levels.
News 21's Unmasking America series placed as a finalist in the 2021 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. In 2022, I won a first-place award for political reporting at the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies contest, which recognizes journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In 2023, I won a second-place Top of the Rockies award for enterprise reporting.
And while at the CUI, I won a first-place award along with three other coworkers for our sustained news coverage of the university's controversial pick for its next president. That award, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence for Region 9, recognizes student work in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.
Have a look at some of my work and feel free to reach out through my contact page. I'd love to chat!