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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.

Before you click that donate button, time to think long and hard about newspaper business models

Before you click that donate button, time to think long and hard about newspaper business models

There’s been some grim news in the local news industry lately following the mid-March shutdown of Colorado’s economy in response to the growing COVID-19 outbreak. So allow me to lead…

State, county officials work to offer financial relief for renters, homeowners in COVID-19 crisis

State, county officials work to offer financial relief for renters, homeowners in COVID-19 crisis

With rent and mortgage payments for April coming due now on the first of the month, Eagle County and Colorado housing officials are scrambling to work out deals to protect…

Colorado government, business groups turn to Google, Zoom, Facebook during COVID-19 crisis

Colorado government, business groups turn to Google, Zoom, Facebook during COVID-19 crisis

When Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Colorado’s top public health official, traveled to the state’s hard-hit mountain counties in mid-March to help with the response to the COVID-19 outbreak, she never imagined…

Don’t worry about tap water in COVID-19 crisis, but stay vigilant on every other front

Don’t worry about tap water in COVID-19 crisis, but stay vigilant on every other front

Over the weekend, Eagle County tragically saw the second death of a local resident who contracted the COVID-19 virus, a Gypsum man in his 40s. RealVail.com also interviewed Jill Hunsaker…

Jill Ryan, head of CDPHE, isolated in Edwards as husband tests positive for COVID-19 virus

Jill Ryan, head of CDPHE, isolated in Edwards as husband tests positive for COVID-19 virus

Jill Hunsaker Ryan, Colorado’s top public health official, has been isolated with her family at her home in the COVID-19 hot spot of Eagle County since March 13 after her…

Eagle County close to century mark on confirmed COVID-19 cases, but infections likely much higher

Eagle County close to century mark on confirmed COVID-19 cases, but infections likely much higher

Eagle County now has 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the latest statistics from the Colorado Department of Health and Environment on Tuesday afternoon. After leading the state in…

Neighborhood Navigator warns of looming COVID-19 crisis in Eagle County Latino community

Neighborhood Navigator warns of looming COVID-19 crisis in Eagle County Latino community

While there’s been a lot coverage of resort workers being compelled to leave employee housing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, community leaders warn there’s a looming COVID-19 crisis…

Vail Mayor Chapin on contracting COVID-19: ‘Everybody’s vulnerable here’

Vail Mayor Chapin on contracting COVID-19: ‘Everybody’s vulnerable here’

Vail Mayor Dave Chapin on Saturday told RealVail.com he’s well on the road to recovery in his own battle with the COVID-19 virus but that his heart aches for the…

Mexican businessman on COVID-19: ‘It seems that Vail has a bug problem’

Mexican businessman on COVID-19: ‘It seems that Vail has a bug problem’

Editor’s note: A version of this story first appeared in the Colorado Springs Gazette on March 18, 2020. This version has been updated to include information reported on Thursday and…

Past experience informs levels of concern over the COVID-19 outbreak

Past experience informs levels of concern over the COVID-19 outbreak

I am scared shitless of the COVID-19 virus … and you should be too. My wife and best friend, Kristin, with whom I am happy to now hunker down in…

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