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RealVail.com is an online-only news, political, environmental, business, opinion and outdoor lifestyle site that offers an independent view of the events and people shaping the Vail Valley, the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. The site was launched in 2007 by veteran Vail-based journalist David O. Williams, whose credentials are listed below, and relaunched in 2013 alongside sister site RockyMountainPost.com.

Over the course of two decades, Williams has become a leading statewide voice on a wide variety of issues, including the Olympics, the environment, energy production, immigration, health care, infrastructure and public lands. As an independent journalist, Williams relies on the ever-shrinking freelance budgets of newspapers, magazines and websites around the state and nation, as well as sponsorship contributions from individuals and organizations that value his ongoing commitment to journalism in Colorado.

To learn more about how you can support RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com, either by advertising or through donations, please email Williams: davido(at)realvail.com.

David O. Williams

David O. Williams is a Vail-based freelance journalist who previously worked as a reporter and editor at the Vail Daily and Vail Trail newspapers, where he won numerous Colorado Press Awards. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent, Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media’s RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams also worked as a journalist at three Winter Olympic Games – twice for the Olympic News Service. Williams is the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

Email: davido(at)realvail.com