Samantha Tisdel Wright

Writer, Journalist, Editor, Poet

Silverton, Colorado

Samantha Tisdel Wright

A kick-axe writer.


Five guys and a sign

The true story of how five guys in Ouray brought a beloved sign back to light.
Telluride Daily Planet Link to Story

Ouray’s Renovated Hot Springs Pool Prepares for Summer Season

Ouray's nearly-million-gallon natural outdoor hot tub made a splash from the start.
San Juan Silver Stage Link to Story

In Ouray, a Renovation Rodeo

Here’s a roundup of the renovation projects that are breathing new life into Ouray’s Historic District.
San Juan Silver Stage Link to Story

Preserving Alpine Trails

Meet the two organizations that care for dozens of hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads around Ouray.
San Juan Silver Stage Link to Story

Silverton’s Greene Street. Gifts & Galleries

Discover the surprisingly diverse downtown business district in a picturesque former mining town.
San Juan Silver Stage Link to Story

From Mining Gold to Farming Ice

How an Icy Manmade Playground Transformed Ouray’s Wintertime Economy.
Real Small Towns Link to Story

It Takes a Village

Co-housing is coming to Ridgway, Colo.
Shelter Magazine Link to Story

The Wright Answer: Saving Ouray's Iconic Opera House

A small group of die-hards coalesced in 2008 to save the Wright Opera House in Ouray.
Shelter Magazine, Winter 2013-14 Link to Story

Grateful for The Hateful: Telluride and the Tarantino Effect

Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated post-Civil War western is being filmed 10 miles west of Telluride.
San Juan Independent Link to Story

ACT puts twist on ‘Eurydice’ Greek tragedy

Not a single Grecian pillar or toga-clad actor pollutes the Artists Community Theater production of “Eurydice.”
The Durango Herald Link to Story

A decade of independence

Durango Film’s annual film festival celebrates a decade of independence
The Durango Herald Link to Story

Recovering Economy Puts Job-seekers in the Driver’s Seat

Going into a workforce center is a dramatically different experience than it was a few years ago.
The Watch Newspaper Link to Story


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