Samantha Tisdel Wright

Writer, Journalist, Editor, Poet

Silverton, Colorado

Samantha Tisdel Wright

A kick-axe writer.



The Story of the Houses at the Idarado/Red Mountain Overlook.
Shelter magazine Link to Story

Building Out of the (Drywall) Box

Camp in comfort in a charming, locally handcrafted shepherd wagon.
Shelter magazine Link to Story

The Day They Died | Remembering the Revenue Mine Tragedy

One year after the Revenue Mine fatalities, a survivor tells his story.
The Watch newspaper Link to Story

A Grand Reawakening

The second coming of Silverton's historic hotel.
Shelter magazine Link to Story

Setting the Standard

Anything we use may end up in the water that flows out of our taps. How do we know it's safe to drink?
Headwaters magazine Link to Story

Behind-the-Scenes Battles at the Ouray Ice Park

Big picture-wise, it was a successful season. No one fell. No one got hurt.
San Juan Independent Link to Story

Preserving a Legacy: Centennial Ranch

Vince and Joan Kontny conserved their historic Ouray County cattle ranch for future generations.
Shelter magazine Link to Story

The Future of Grass

What role should alfalfa, hay and bluegrass have in the Colorado River Basin?
Headwaters magazine Link to Story

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.
San Juan Independent Link to Story

The Watch's Samantha Wright Wins SDX Award

Wright was honored for her reporting on the Ouray mine tragedy in November 2013.
The Watch Newspaper Link to Story

Miners Risked Lives in Effort to Save Two Who Died

Winner of the Society of Professional Journalists' 2013 Sigma Delta Chi Award for breaking news.
The Watch Newspaper Link to Story

It All Comes Down to Water

Justice Hobbs brings Colorado water law to life at Water 101 seminar in Telluride.
The Watch newspaper Link to Story


Samantha Tisdel Wright

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 (, 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.



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