A kick-axe writer.
Samantha Tisdel Wright is a nationally recognized journalist and poet who has worked for a variety of publications in southwestern Colorado. She is a founding member of the San Juan Independent (sjindependent.org), a nonprofit online news source offering in-depth reporting on issues of importance in the western San Juan Mountains.
During her recent tenure as a reporter at The Watch (a regional weekly published in Telluride), she won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News from the Society of Professional Journalists for her reporting on a double-fatality at the Revenue Mine near Ouray in November 2013. She also won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association as a reporter and editor at the Ouray County Plaindealer, and is a two-time runner-up for the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize.
Before settling into her career in journalism, Wright explored far-flung corners of the world ranging from the Silk Road to the Killing Fields to the crocodile-infested rivers of Queensland, Australia. She has pulled pints in a 500-year-old English pub, cast nets from a commercial fishing boat in Alaska, taught English in the People’s Republic of China, and worked as a firehouse dispatcher and science writer at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Today, she writes and raises two red-headed children with her husband in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado, dividing her time between Silverton and Ouray.