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Fiona Murphy

Assistant Editor

Fiona Murphy is a Colorado native, francophile, and movie-lover. After growing up in Parker, Fiona moved to Columbia, Missouri where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2020. She has since worked in France and Belgium reporting on topics such as Brexit, antitrust, and technology in the European Union. Before joining 5280, she worked as a production apprentice for the Telluride Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado. Fiona spends her time watching long-winded foreign films and collecting bruises from her skateboard. Otherwise, she can be found writing poetry and searching for new coffee shops to loiter in around Denver.

Articles By Fiona Murphy

Inside the Denver Zoo’s Effort to Save Colorado’s Rare Boreal Toad

The Denver Zoo has partnered with Colorado Parks and Wildlife to replenish an ailing population of boreal toads in the state by breeding adult toads then releasing their tadpoles into the wild. Over several months, 5280 followed along to document the zoo’s journey to conserve the Centennial State’s only high-elevation amphibian.

Meet Hard Candy Dancers, the Denver-Based Burlesque Company Empowering Audiences at Five Nines

Marquette Carrington and her troupe of more than 40 dancers promote confidence through burlesque and aerial performances around the metro area. 5280 went behind the scenes at their latest residency at Cherry Creek’s new upscale bar.

Everything You Need to Know About Denver’s E-Bike Rebate Program

Applications are now open (again) for the city of Denver’s e-bike rebate program. Here, a guide to e-bike basics, as well as what you should know before investing in one.

New Bayer Center Honors the Father of Aspen’s Art Scene

The Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies opened its doors on June 26 as a center for the study of art and culture. The center honors the man behind the mountain town’s distinct design and renowned art scene.

Diverse Comedic Voices Take Center Stage at Boulder Comedy Festival

Now in its second year, the Boulder Comedy Festival, founded by comedian Zoe Rogers, will showcase an inclusive set of local and national stand-ups from June 23 to 26.

Dhaba Dal

How to Cook Homestyle Indian Lentils, According to a Local Chef

Madhavi Tandon—the owner of Indian meal kit company Maia Foods—invited us into her home kitchen to make dhaba dal, a popular dish from western India.

Pete's Kitchen by Fiona Murphy

Behind the Late-Night Shift at Denver’s Last 24-Hour Diner

After Breakfast King closed in January, Pete’s Kitchen emerged as one of the last family-owned spots to get late-night grub in the Mile High City. Here’s how the graveyard shift became—and remains—a beloved community gathering place.

4 Colorado Film Festivals You Can’t Miss This Summer

The Centennial State is home to some of the best film festivals in the world. Here’s where to go this summer to see cutting-edge cinema.

First Starbucks to unionize on E Colfax Avenue and Milwaukee street.

Starbucks on East Colfax Becomes First Denver Outpost of the Coffee Chain to Unionize

Workers at the store voted unanimously to unionize with the Colorado chapter of Workers United, citing the need for better hours and more safety protections.

The Most Controversial Moments in the 10-Year History of Denver’s Urban Camping Ban

We examine how the contentious law came to be in May 2012, and the ways it has defined the conversation around homelessness in the Mile High City since then.

Denver Public Library’s Central Branch Opens New Children’s Library

We take you inside the renovated space, which has a collection of more than 50,000 physical print and media materials, computers, games, toys, and more.

Madhavi Tandon shopping Bombay Bazaar

What to Buy at Bombay Bazaar, According to a Local Chef

Madhavi Tandon, the owner of Indian meal kit company Maia Foods, takes us on a tour of the Indian grocery store.

Alan Fine and Turin Bicycles

Turin Bicycles Closes Its Doors After 51 Years in Denver

We say farewell to Turin Bicycles, a Denver staple that closed earlier this month. Watch 5280’s video about the shop and the two men who made it their life’s work.

Carter Wilson and The New Neighbor

Luck and Grief Collide in Colorado Writer Carter Wilson’s Latest Thriller

Erie author Carter Wilson’s latest book, The New Neighbor, is a gripping portrait of one man’s descent into madness.

Barbara Bridges speaking at Women + Film festival

Denver’s Women + Film Program Creates Space for Marginalized Filmmakers

For more than 10 years, the Women + Film has screened films made by women to spotlight underrepresented movie-makers. Plus, a preview of this year’s festival.

Scotty Wiese the magician holding a card

Denver Native Set to Become the First Magician to Perform at Red Rocks

On April 9, Scotty Wiese will show off his charming illusions and tricks at the iconic venue. Ahead of the historic event, 5280 got a behind-the-scenes look at the man behind the magic.

Prominent Coloradans Reflect on the Lasting Impacts of COVID-19

Two years after the virus upended our lives, politicians, health care officials, and more consider what the state has gone through and how much everything has changed.


Inside Luckyleo Dancewear: Denver’s Full-Service Dancewear Manufacturer

Luckyleo Dancewear has been producing hand-made leotards for dancers and gymnasts since 2016. Watch 5280‘s video to see why dancers from the New York City Ballet covet these made-in-Denver pieces.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Releases App for Purchasing Licenses and Park Passes

The My CPW app, which debuted this week, will make it easier for Coloradans to enjoy some of their favorite outdoor activities.

Why You Should Consider Carrying Narcan

Amid an unprecedented rise in opioid-related deaths, Denver recently launched a program to provide residents with free Narcan and fentanyl testing strips.

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