Samantha Tisdel Wright

Writer, Journalist, Editor, Poet

Silverton, Colorado

Samantha Tisdel Wright

A kick-axe writer.


The Mine Next Door

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


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

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

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

Fortune Minerals Defaults on Revenue Silver Mine Debt

The fate of the Revenue silver mine near Ouray remains unclear.
San Juan Independent Link to Story

Family Cries Foul After Blasting Accident at Revenue Mine

2nd Place in Investigative/Enterprise Reporting – Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards 2014
The Watch newspaper Link to Story

The Fight for Equal Access to Camp Bird Road

The Camp Bird Road offers access to a shameless extravagance of skiing, mountaineering and ice climbing opportunities.
San Juan Independent Link to Story

St. Paul Lodge: World-Class Skiing, Old World Charm

As far as ski huts go, the St. Paul Lodge is the soulful, rambling granddaddy of them all.
San Juan Adventure Guide, Winter 2012-13 Link to Story

Ghost Towns and Gold Camps

Jeeping through time on Imogene Pass.
Adventure Guide, Summer 2012 Link to Story

The Gold is in the Show

A jack of all trades heads up to Alaska to try his hand at placer mining on a reality TV show.
The Watch Newspaper Link to Story

Feds Blame Star Mine Management for Revenue Fatalities

Former mine operator Star Mine Operations has been fined $1,077,800 for the two deaths.
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