Samantha Tisdel Wright

Writer, Journalist, Editor, Poet

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 Eco-Lumber Conundrum

It's not easy building green.
Shelter Magazine Link to Story

The Man, The Mogul, The Mountains

Telski CEO Bill Jensen's excellent adventures.
Adventure Guide Link to Story

The Mine Next Door

A 10-part series about the Idarado Mine, commissioned by Newmont Goldcorp.
Telluride Watch Link to Story

A Winter of Discontent

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


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

From Mining Gold to Farming Ice

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

The Future of Grass

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

ARSG – An Unlikely Alliance for Watershed Health

The coalition’s mission is to clean up the unfinished business of previous centuries. (Scroll to March 19, 2015)
Your Water Colorado Blog 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


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