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Barbara O'Neil

Assistant Editor

Barbara O’Neil is an assistant editor at 5280 and writes for both the print magazine and Barbara was born in Santiago, Chile, and although she misses fresh seafood, she wouldn’t trade living in Colorado for the world’s best salmon. She graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in journalism. Prior to joining the 5280 team, she interned for 303 Magazine. While Barbara has yet to bring in a Pulitzer, she’s proud to have at least received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists for “Limited Company,” a look at the world of rare diseases in Colorado. When not drowning in assignments, Barbara can be found exploring Denver’s art scene, attempting to visit all 50 states, or simply scrolling through miles of social media posts.

Articles By Barbara O'Neil


A New Denver Art Museum Exhibit Takes You Inside a Japanese American Incarceration Camp

The Life and Art of Tokio Ueyama displays paintings created by an artist who was imprisoned inside a Colorado incarceration camp during the 1940s.

Kolby & Alyssa, co-owners of Treehouse Cyclery

The Best Denver Services and Shopping of 2024

We know where you should get your bike tuned and your muscles massaged. Plus, where to buy your next TBR.

Dancers/dj at Stay Tuned

The Best Denver Culture and Nightlife of 2024

If you need a book to read, a place to dance, or a killer cocktail to sip, we’ve got all of that—and more.

New Art Exhibit Explores the Effects of High-Concentration Cannabis

Hear/Say at BRDG Project Gallery is part of an effort from the University of Colorado School of Public Health to get Coloradans informed on the impacts of marijuana concentrates.

Meet the Artist Behind Those New Fourteener Paintings Inside DIA

Mike Wilson started painting Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks four years ago and turned it into a project with a bigger purpose.

Denver PrideFest Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Inaugural Small Business Market

Don’t miss the inaugural Gayborhood Market at this year’s Denver PrideFest, which is only open to local small businesses.

How Scientists Are Working to Reverse Colorado’s Bug Decline

Coloradans have long extolled their home’s relative lack of pests, but the Centennial State depends on native insects to support its various and diverse ecosystems. Lately, though, native creepy-crawlies have been dropping like flies, leaving scientists scrambling to save them.

How One Local Designer Benefits Ukrainian Orphans Through Fashion

Denverite Yulia Boozer launched Yulia Fashion House to raise funds for orphaned children in Ukraine.

Behind the Scenes of Boulder Climber Sasha DiGiulian’s New HBO Documentary

Here to Climb premieres locally on May 31 before it’s released on Max on June 19.

14 of the best green chilis in Denver lined up in three rows.

We Blind Tasted 14 Denver Green Chiles. Here Are the Best

There’s no dish more emblematic of Colorado. Whether you’re smothering a burrito or scorching your tongue and eating it plain, here are the best green chiles in Denver.

10 Must-See Concerts in Colorado This Summer

From Billy Joel to Olivia Rodrigo, here are 10 can’t-miss acts that are visiting the Centennial State this summer.

Bannock Street Facade of the Kirkland Museum.

What the Denver Art Museum and Kirkland Museum Merger Means for Local Art Lovers

Aesthetes can expect expanded hours, joint membership, and an exciting rule change for kiddos.

Dancer wearing a Jalisco-style dress

Connie Benavidez Has Made Hundreds of Mexican Folklore Dresses by Hand for Her Nonprofit Dance Studio

Ballet Folklórico de la Raza offers affordable lessons while keeping the Mexican cultural dance alive.

The Oversimplified Guide to Training for a Marathon

From the sofa to the finish line.

Glenn Miller playing the trombone

What CU Boulder’s Glenn Miller Collection Could Reveal About the Celebrated Big Band Leader

Just in time for International Jazz Day (April 30), CU Boulder is using a donation to fund the organization of its vast materials on Glenn Miller and the big band era in America.

6 Refill Shops Around Denver to Try This Earth Day

Stock up on the essentials and reduce your plastic usage all at once.

Grace Pak on an episode of Is It Cake? season three

How This Denver Baker Got On Netflix’s Is It Cake?

For eight years, Grace Pak has been creating hand-painted cakes for high-end clients in Denver, Aspen, and New York—which caught the eye of Netflix producers.

Children and caregivers play on a spinner at LuBird's Light Playground in Aurora.

9 of the Best Adaptive Play Areas Around Denver

Kids of all ages and abilities can enjoy these accessible playgrounds and spaces.

This Denver Photographer Has Faithfully Documented the City for Years—Even After Losing His Vision

Robert Weinberg started to lose his sight in the ’90s, but that didn’t stop him from making a mark on the local photography scene.

An illustration of an elderly man skateboarding with a walker.

How Colorado Is Addressing Its (Massive) Aging Population

Colorado’s 65-and-older population is exploding—a reality that has spurred local governments, educational institutions, health care providers, and nonprofits to find novel ways to support Centennial Staters as they age.

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