Lauren Seaton is a second-year master’s degree candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to graduate school, she spent five years with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, working as a Food and Beverage Manager in Avon, Colo. A New Hampshire native, she graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a Bachelor of Arts degree in writing and studio art. For the past seven years she has called Colorado home.
Jordan Wirfs-Brock is a master’s degree candidate in environmental journalism at the University of Colorado whose interests include data visualization and map-making. She’s written stories about garbage, dairy farming, air pollution, and spider hunters. Jordan has been a science teacher in South Korea and was a content editor for an environmental social media website. She has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from MIT.
Andrea Sutherland is a master’s degree candidate in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado. Sutherland has worked for Climbing magazine, the Climbing Wall Association and the University of Colorado in various media roles. When not working, Sutherland enjoys all that Boulder has to offer including rock climbing and snow boarding. Sutherland graduated from DePauw University in 2007.
In 25 years as a photojournalist, reporter and author, Michael Kodas has reported from Mount Everest to the Oval Office of the White House. He is author of the book “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed” and was a member of the Hartford Courant team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. He won the top prize in nonfiction from the National Best Books 2008 Awards by USA Book News, and first place for a self-illustrated story in the Lowell Thomas Awards of the Society of American Travel Writers. He formerly worked as a staff photographer, picture editor and writer at the Hartford Courant, as well as at newspapers and magazines in Kansas.
Laura Frank is the executive director of I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network. I-News delivers multimedia reports to news outlets across the Rocky Mountain region and is a founding member of the national nonprofit Investigative News Network. Frank, a Denver native, has nearly two decades experience at daily newspapers, radio and public television. She was an investigative reporter at the Rocky Mountain News until it closed in 2009. Her stories have won top awards in both print and broadcast, and helped release innocent people from prison, protect abused children, and win aid for sick nuclear weapons workers.