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 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, Colorado. I previously worked as a reporter for Colorado Community Media where I covered local government, business, education, culture and general life in the Denver metro area.
Before that, 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, 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 the state, regional and national level.
In 2023, I won two first-place awards, one for education and another for news reporting, at the Colorado Press Association's Better News Media Contest as well as a second-place award for enterprise reporting at the Society of Professional Journalists Top of the Rockies contest, which recognizes journalists in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. In 2022, I won a first-place award for political reporting at the same event. News 21's Unmasking America series was as a finalist in the 2021 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. As a student, I won a first-place regional award along with three other coworkers for our sustained news coverage of the university's controversial pick for its next president.
Have a look at some of my work and feel free to reach out through my contact page. I'd love to chat!