Samantha Tisdel Wright

Writer, Journalist, Editor, Poet

Silverton, Colorado

Samantha Tisdel Wright

A kick-axe writer.


Six Words To Write On The Wall

“DIANE MITSCH BUSH IS A SOCIALIST,” the flyer blares in bright red all-caps. On the flip side, it reiterates, “DIANE MITSCH BUSH wants to take our country down a path towards Socialism.”. There’s a photo of the 68-year-old Democratic candidate from Steamboat Springs – with her long gray hair and folded arms and serious smile and PhD in Sociology – who hopes to soon topple Republican incumbent Scott Tipton in her bid for U.S.


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The Mine Next Door

10-part series about the Idarado Mine commissioned by Newmont Mining Corporation.
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After the Blowout: Silverton Faces Watershed Moment

The 3 million gallon Gold King spill, unleashed by the EPA on Aug. 5, put Silverton in the national spotlight.
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The Story of the Houses at the Idarado/Red Mountain Overlook.
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Behind-the-Scenes Battles at the Ouray Ice Park

Big picture-wise, it was a successful season. No one fell. No one got hurt.
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Power House

Telluride's Bridal Veil Power House, built in 1907, hunkers at cliff’s edge like a watchful sentry...
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Kane's World

Kane Scheidegger creates luminous, large-format panoramic images that capture Earth’s mysterious beauty...
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Jeff Lowe’s Theory of (Losing) Everything

A years-in-the-making film project celebrates the life and times of visionary climber Jeff Lowe.
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From Mining Gold to Farming Ice

How an Icy Manmade Playground Transformed Ouray’s Wintertime Economy.
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Of Pigs and Dragons

The village of Baoshan in northwestern Yunnan province had the cleanest outhouse I’d seen in all of China – not a single maggot, not a speck of filth.
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Silverton, Italians and a Pot of Polenta

One cold spring day back in 1997, all the Trentini in the world came to Silverton and ate polenta.
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Samantha Tisdel Wright

Samantha Tisdel Wright is a nationally recognized independent journalist and freelance writer based in Silverton, Colorado.

She is the recipient of 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, Colo. in 2013. She has also won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association and The Society of Professional Journalists' Colorado chapter. 

Before settling into her career in journalism (and settling down to raise a family), 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. 



  • Enterprise reporting
  • Photojournalism
  • Columns
  • Travel writing
  • Copy editing
  • Lay-out
  • News writing
  • Feature writing
  • Interviewing
  • Specialty publications
  • Line editing
  • Page design
  • Editorial project management
  • Op Ed
  • Breaking news
  • Profiles
  • Arts & Entertainment
  • Press Releases
  • Publicity
  • Environmental journalism