November Newsletter

Society of Professional Journalist’s Colorado Pro Chapter

“I Wonder Where that Car is Going?”

That’s what the 20 or so guests of Colorado Pro’s first Fireside Chat of the season at the Denver Press Club learned from Kevin Vaughan about the natural curiosity that should drive all journalists. A relative of Vaughan’s used to say that and it became his catch phrase for wanting to know more. That drive led to more than 25 years of award-winning journalism for Vaughan at Colorado newspapers, including the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News.

He talked about the wanting to get back to that investigative journalism and writing stories, which fueled his recent decision to leave the Denver Post as its City Editor and write for the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network (

“I wanted to help build something important that will be a part of Denver’s journalism future,” Vaughan told the college students and longtime journo veterans of the organization’s goal of public service journalism that makes an impact. He also gets a chance to team-up again with former Rocky Mountain News editor Jim Trotter.

Vaughan offered this story-telling advice: “If your story were a movie, what would it look like? Describe the opening scene and what kind of movie it is, a mystery?”

He also said the need for strong, independent reporting has never been greater.

“There’s a vacuum of critical information people need,” he said.

Guests included first-time visitors to the Denver Press Club, college students, freelancers looking to network and SPJ members. Thanks all for a great evening.

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