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David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. 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 is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

Remembering Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11

Remembering Saudi Arabia’s role in 9/11

A day after all the heartfelt and deserved memorials to the nearly 3,000 American victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C in 2001, it’s…

EpicPass in hand, snow in forecast, time to plan ski trips to Great Northwest, beyond

EpicPass in hand, snow in forecast, time to plan ski trips to Great Northwest, beyond

I took a quick trip to the Pacific Northwest this summer, and I’ve got to say, it’s freaking awesome up there this time of year. White, snowcapped volcanoes, deep blue…

Growing outcry for greater regulation of short-term rentals

Growing outcry for greater regulation of short-term rentals

Last month as I was reporting out a story for Colorado Politics on how Colorado’s affordable housing crunch is impacting the state’s dysfunctional health care system (and vice versa), I…

Johnston, a reasonable voice on gun safety, steps away from U.S. Senate race

Johnston, a reasonable voice on gun safety, steps away from U.S. Senate race

It’s unfortunate that one of the leading Colorado voices for gun safety, Vail’s own Mike Johnston, is getting out of the Democratic race to take on Republican U.S. Sen. Cory…

How housing, public transportation and health care are so inextricably linked

How housing, public transportation and health care are so inextricably linked

I have a long history of advocating for higher-density, in-fill, subsidized and deed-restricted workforce and middle-class housing throughout the Vail Valley, so I’m not about to rail against a dorm-style…

Not the same ring to it: Edwards’ Shiffrin, New Jersey’s Vonn?

Not the same ring to it: Edwards’ Shiffrin, New Jersey’s Vonn?

It’s official: The U.S. Ski and Snowboard team now lists two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin as an Edwards resident. Last season the squad inexplicably listed her mostly as an…

Johnston, Romanoff, Gardner respond to Hickenlooper jumping into Senate race

Johnston, Romanoff, Gardner respond to Hickenlooper jumping into Senate race

Former Democratic Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made it official late Wednesday, entering the state’s 2020 U.S. Senate race against incumbent Republican Cory Gardner. In another Youtube video just a week…

Pepi Gramshammer passes on at age 87

Pepi Gramshammer passes on at age 87

If you live in Vail, you know Pepi. You’ve probably seen him out and about recently in Vail Village, or on the patio at his iconic Gasthof Gramshammer restaurant. He’s…

Colorado first state in middle of nation to adopt electric vehicle standard

Colorado first state in middle of nation to adopt electric vehicle standard

Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission on Thursday voted 8-1 to approve a zero-emission vehicle standard mandating a certain percentage of the new passenger vehicles sold in Colorado are plug-in electric.…

Johnston on Hick: ‘I’m the right candidate … to defeat Gardner’

Johnston on Hick: ‘I’m the right candidate … to defeat Gardner’

The good news for Vail native and former Denver state Sen. Mike Johnston is he’s now polling second among Democrats in his bid to take on incumbent Republican U.S. Sen.…

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