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Chris Walker

Chris Walker joined 5280 as an associate editor in June 2022, and contributes stories for both 5280 Magazine and As a rule, he’s always on the hunt for stories that make him go “wow.” Chasing those stories has taken him around the globe; Walker’s award-winning reporting has spanned four continents for publications including The Atlantic, Playboy, the Atavist, VICE, NPR, Rock and Ice, Backpacker, Forbes, and LA Weekly – among others. In 2020, he released the narrative podcast series The Syndicate, about skydiving drug smugglers, which peaked at #9 on Apple’s top show chart. Prior to that, Walker was a staff writer for Denver’s alternative-weekly, Westword, where he specialized in feature stories. Those ranged from investigative pieces about immigration detention and police surveillance to more adventurous dives into secret LSD laboratories and anti-government militias. More information about Walker’s work, including a list of journalism awards, can be found at

Articles By Chris Walker

A New Podcast Explores the Montrose Funeral Home Scandal that Rocked Colorado

We spoke with Ashley Fantz, the host of Cover Up: Body Brokers, a just-released audio series that dives into the shady world of selling body parts and the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home fiasco.

The 6 Best Ways to Help Migrants in Denver

Whether you’ve got money or time to spare, here is a list of ways you can donate, volunteer, and support local businesses that are assisting newcomers.

Three glasses of Pliny the Younger.

The Story Behind Colorado’s Infatuation with Pliny the Younger

This year marks the 20th anniversary release of the fan-favorite triple IPA from Russian River Brewing Company. But how did a California brewery develop such a cult following in beer-centric Colorado?

Jenn Ridder, Kerry Tipper, Nicole Doheny, and Janel Forde

Meet the Mayor’s All-Female Senior Leadership Team

For the first time in Denver’s history, all of the senior staffers in the mayor’s office are women. Here’s what that means now—and for the city’s future.

3 Projects From Local Wellness Experts, Just In Time For Your New Year’s Resolution

Self-improvement doesn’t always have to take the form of a gym membership or a healthier diet.

Meet the Con Artist Who Deceived the Front Range Tech Community

When Aaron Clark disappeared from Colorado, he left hundreds of thousands of dollars unaccounted for. His employees, contractors, and investors are still wondering who he really was—and where he is today.

Could a Federal Lawsuit Close the Suncor Refinery?

An environmental watchdog has sued the EPA, hoping a federal appeals court will force the government agency to reconsider the Suncor Refinery’s operating permit.

Breckenridge's Ullr Fest

Can Breckenridge’s Ullr Fest Regain the World’s Longest Shot Ski Record?

The Utah upstarts keep trying to steal Breck’s glory. But at this December’s Ullr Fest, Colorado has a chance to reclaim its shot ski crown.

What We Learned at Colorado’s First Psychedelic Cup

Mushroom cultivators and science converged at the Centennial State’s first awards ceremony for psychedelic fungi excellence.

3 Films With Gripping Colorado Storylines to Watch at the 2023 Denver Film Festival

The Hollywood strikes made planning film fests difficult, but the Denver Film Festival could offer consistency amid the chaos by focusing on indie films, particularly ones with strong Colorado ties.

Meet the Changing Face of the Cannabis Industry in Colorado

John Moynan, CEO of Slang Worldwide, on how another big transformation of the marijuana industry has created the need for a new “equilibrium” in the marketplace.

What Has Mayor Mike Johnston Been up to During His First 100 Days?

Since becoming Denver’s mayor, Mike Johnston has predominantly talked about homelessness and housing insecurity. But as the city’s new CEO hits his 100th day in office, we wanted to know what else he’s been up to.

Mayor Johnston’s Homelessness Adviser Responds to the Most Common Concerns About Proposed Micro-Communities

After the city announced 11 locations of micro-communities designed to shelter unhoused Denverites, some neighbors fear what it might mean to live next to them. We asked senior adviser Cole Chandler about some of homeowners’ biggest concerns.


Taunts, Shootings, and 3D-Printed Guns. Inside Denver’s Youth Gun Violence Outbreak

What’s behind rising youth gun violence in the Mile High City—and is there anything anyone can do about it?

A woman running on a mountain trail.

How Social Media is Complicating Verification of Fastest Known Times

Buzz Burrell, a pioneer of the Fastest Known Time movement, says the controversy last month surrounding Erin Ton’s (now disputed) FKT claim on Instagram is indicative of larger problems with social media when it comes to confirming athletes’ speed record claims.

Will You Commit to a Week Without Driving? Pedestrian Advocates Want You to Try.

During Denver’s first-ever Week Without Driving challenge, which takes place from October 2 to 8, Mile High City motorists are encouraged to test out different modes of transportation.

The Surprising Way Farming Shaped Gregory Alan Isakov’s New Album

Appaloosa Bones, the recently-released sixth album from Gregory Alan Isakov, took five years to produce because, in part, the folk artist was also busy running a farm. Isakov reveals here why tending to the soil is an essential part of his music.

A New Trapeze School in Westminster Teaches Coloradans to Soar

At Fly Mile High, the state’s only trapeze and aerial fitness school, you don’t have to be an acrobat to channel your inner Cirque du Soleil.

Rita the Rock Planter in the hills of Victor

Meet the Artist Behind the Breckenridge Troll (and New Victor Troll, Too)

Danish sculpture artist and sustainability activist Thomas Dambo built a giant wooden troll in Breckenridge in 2018. Now, he’s back with another fantasy creature hidden in the hills above Victor.

7 New Laws That Went Into Effect This August Every Coloradan Should Know About

State lawmakers passed more than 400 pieces of legislation earlier this year, many of which went into effect on August 7. Here, we break down the new laws that will impact you most.

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