Samantha Tisdel Wright

Journalist, Writer, Editor

Silverton, Colorado

Samantha Tisdel Wright

A kick-axe writer.


Ouray Ice Park Guide 2019-2020

The official guide for the world-famous Ouray Ice Park.
Peak Event Publications Link to Story

The Mine Next Door

A 10-part series about the Idarado Mine, commissioned by Newmont Goldcorp.
Telluride Watch 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 Story of the Houses at the Idarado/Red Mountain Overlook.
Shelter magazine Link to Story

Camp V

A glampground in Naturita pays homage to the West End’s rich, colorful mining roots.
Shelter Magazine Link to Story

Madani Ceus sentenced to 64 years

Spiritual leader's alleged 'reign of terror' ends.
Telluride Daily Planet Link to Story

Medical Center ground zero for testing

A rural taxpayer-subsidized clinic struggles to adapt to the world pandemic.
Ouray County Plaindealer Link to Story

Medical professionals' challenges amid COVID-19 pandemic

An ER doc, a dentist and a family practitioner share their COVID stories.
Ouray County Plaindealer Link to Story

The Eco-Lumber Conundrum

It's not easy building green.
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

A Winter of Discontent

Behind-the-scenes battles at the Ouray Ice Park.
San Juan Independent Link to Story


It's tarantula mating season in the West End. Cue the Kenny G and check your pant legs.
Telluride Daily Planet Link to Story


Samantha Tisdel Wright

I am a nationally recognized independent journalist and freelance writer based in Silverton, Colorado.

I am the recipient of the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News from the Society of Professional Journalists for my reporting on a double-fatality at the Revenue Mine near Ouray, Colo. I have also won numerous awards from the Colorado Press Association and The Society of Professional Journalists' Colorado chapter. 

Before settling into my career in journalism (and settling down to raise a family), I explored far-flung corners of the world ranging from the Silk Road to the Killing Fields to the crocodile-infested rivers of Queensland, Australia. I have 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