Burt Hubbard

Burt Hubbard is the editorial director of I-News. Burt is well-known in the journalism world for his data analysis skills. His numerous awards include two prestigious Best of The West awards, a national education award for investigative reporting, and Reporter of the Year in Colorado. He also was a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for the Rocky Mountain News and is enshrined in the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame. Burt has taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 11 years at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For the past three years he has led research symposiums for journalists and citizens throughout Colorado on behalf of the university. Burt recently left the Denver Post to join I-News.

Recent Stories

Thousands of Dog Bites Along Front Range Focus of I-News, 9News Analysis

9Wants to Know and I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS have been working together over the past six months on an unprecedented look at reported dog bites along the Front Range.

In an unprecedented analysis of dog bites along Colorado's Front Range, an I-News, 9 Wants to Know inquiry found that more than 6,000 people had been bitten in 2012 and 2013, according to police and animal control reports. About 4 percent of the bite were labeled severe, while one in four were considered moderate and the remainder were labeled minor. Continue Reading →

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Split Ticket Voters Decided Colorado’s Top of the Ticket Races, Analysis Shows

U.S. Sen-elect Cory Gardner

There were striking similarities in the victories of U.S. Sen.-elect Cory Gardner, the Republican, and Democratic incumbent Gov. John Hickenlooper, according to a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis. Both did better than their party counterparts in bellwether swing counties, on their own turf, and in enemy territory. Continue Reading →

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Volunteers Play a Major Role in State’s Firefighting Efforts, but More Needed

Firefighters train at the all-volunteer station in Peyton, Colo., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

At least 43 fire departments are completely within the Colorado red zone – the territory most prone to destructive wildfires, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis shows. Twelve of those departments are made up entirely of volunteers and 25 are hybrid departments. Many more volunteers are needed. Continue Reading →

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Colorado Short Thousands of Volunteer Firefighters, Say State Fire Chiefs

Firefighters train at the all-volunteer station in Peyton, Colo., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Volunteer firefighters protect about half of Colorado’s residents and departments comprised solely of volunteers are responsible for nearly 70 percent of the state’s land surface. But the Colorado State Fire Chiefs estimate that Colorado needs about 3,500 more volunteers – a number just more than 40 percent of the present force – in order to meet the demands of the state, while adhering to National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards. Continue Reading →

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DUI Analysis Finds that One-Fourth of all Drivers Busted Have No License

Arapahoe County Deputy Sheriffs, Justin Osborn, right, and Beau Baggett, left, perform road side sobriety tests along the 6900 block of S. Jordan road in Centennial early Sunday morning, April 18. The woman was arrested and charged with D.U.I. THE DENVER POST/ ANDY CROSS  (Photo By Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

Of the 45,637 people arrested for drinking and driving offenses in Colorado from April 2012 through April 2014, one in every four didn't have a valid driver's license, a Rocky Mountain PBS I-News analysis found. And that didn't include the ratio for the 13,200 people arrested for DUI in Denver, the only jurisdiction in the state where authorities said they couldn't provide the information. Continue Reading →

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