Chris Walker joined 5280 as an associate editor in June 2022, and contributes stories for both 5280 Magazine and 5280.com. 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 chrisallanwalker.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.