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Kasey Cordell, Features Editor

Kasey Cordell oversees the front-of-the-book sections, Compass, Adventure, and Culture. She also writes and edits service features, departments, and narrative stories, and contributes regularly to An avid traveler and athlete, Cordell often writes about travel, the outdoors, and creative endeavors, and she has a particular interest in covering veterans issues. The Oregon native joined 5280 in 2013 after stints at Boulder’s Daily Camera, National Geographic Adventure, and Portland Monthly magazine, where she helped the publication earn nearly 20 City and Regional Magazine and Society of Professional Journalists award nominations. Her story about sexual assault in the military, “The Hidden War,” won the SPJ’s 2011 Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition for social issues reporting. Her writing has also appeared in Sunset, Monocle, Yoga Journal, and other publications. Cordell studied psychology as an undergraduate at Lewis & Clark College and holds two master’s degrees: one in Irish studies from Queen’s University Belfast and another in journalism from the University of Colorado.

Author Article Archive

The Art of Dying Well

It’s been nearly two years since Colorado passed the End-of-Life Options Act. How has the controversial law affected Centennial Staters, and how, exactly, does one plan for a good death?

The 5280 Guide to Colorado Etiquette

The Centennial State is getting crowded (more than 65,000 new residents joined us between July 2016 and 2017 alone). That means we all have to be a little bit nicer to one another—or at least understand the social contract we’ve signed by choosing to live in this bustling place. Not sure what the guidelines are? Here’s your rulebook.


Denver’s New VA Hospital

Finally, Denver's long-awaited (and long-debated) new veterans' medical center debuts.

Budding Industry: Marijuana’s Impact in Colorado

This month marks the fifth anniversary of the passage of Amendment 64, which legalized recreational marijuana for adult use in the Centennial State. Here’s a holistic look at where Colorado’s burgeoning cannabis scene is, five years in—and where it might be headed.


New School

Colorado is launching a first-in-the-country apprenticeship program that’s designed to let students earn it all: a diploma, a degree, and a middle-class wage. The best part? It’s free.

Painting the Town

Meet the artists behind some of Denver’s most eye-catching murals.

Breach of Honor

Veterans who leave the military with other-than-honorable discharges often are denied health care and other Veterans Affairs benefits. Yet many suffer from conditions—such as post-traumatic stress disorder—that could have contributed to the behaviors that got them kicked out in the first place. The University of Denver’s Veterans Advocacy Project wants to help.


The Ultimate Guide to Running in Colorado

Make sure you’re prepared—whether your goal is notching that first 5K or your inaugural marathon—with this guide to pounding the pavement (and having fun doing it).

Personalized Prostheses

A local VA clinic helps amputees customize their artificial limbs with artful designs.

Table For One, Please

Dining out alone can sometimes feel like an exercise in second-class citizenship.


Climate Change: A Matter Of Degree

Think it’s been hot lately? You ain’t seen nothing yet. Average annual temperatures in Colorado are set to rise 2.5 to five degrees Fahrenheit by the year 2050. If that sounds like a modest increase, think again. We’re here to explain exactly how climate change could alter Colorado as you know it.

Wild History

Senator Michael Bennet wants to protect the birthplace of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division.

Pedaling For Good

This is part of a weekly series published fresh on Thursday mornings.


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