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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

Survival of the Fittest

In Colorado's stunning—but dangerous—landscape, it only takes one twisted ankle or freak snowstorm to turn your casual day hike into a life-threatening situation. These adventurers escaped scary scenarios. Outdoors experts explain how and why.

Day Trips To Denver Art Districts

Visit these walkable (and bikable) neighborhoods to see just how creative endeavors are helping reshape the Mile High City.


Denver Beer Lover’s Guide 2016

Discover 10 of our favorite new Denver breweries—plus local brew trends, beer-cations, and the end of suburban beer deserts. 

Honor Roll: A Chat With WWII Fighter Pilot Fredric Arnold

In this installment of our conversation series with veterans, we sit down with Fredric Arnold, an artist and former WWII fighter pilot who lost all but one of the group of pilots with whom he graduated from flight school. His sculpture honoring them will go on display later this year at the National World War II Museum.

It’s All In The Delivery

These locally made supplements can get you more of the nutrients you need—and fast.


Honored Guests

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

Home of the Brave

From police officers to soldiers to search-and-rescue squads, the Centennial State is full of people who put themselves at risk to help others. The question, though, is why? Discover Colorado's courageous side.

The Shape Of Things

After trading Jefferson Park for Five Points, a growing family warms up a starkly modern home.

Colorado Bookshelf: Devotion

New York Times best-selling author and Broomfield resident Adam Makos’ newest book shines light on the heroes of an oft forgotten war.


Bags With A Bonus

Sword & Plough not only reuses military surplus to make its totes, backpacks, and messenger bags, the company also gives back to the veteran community.

Five Points: You Have Arrived

For decades, Five Points has been dubbed “in transition,” an “emerging area,” even “up-and-coming.” No more. This north Denver neighborhood has officially arrived. Here, a close-up look at how one of the city’s most vibrant areas has evolved over the past 150 years.

Poop Police

It’s time for crappy dog owners to pay the price.


Q&A With Hollywood’s Emile Hirsch

The 30-year-old actor on what it meant to play Littleton’s Danny Dietz, one of the Navy SEALs killed in Operation Red Wings in 2005, in the recent blockbuster Lone Survivor.

Exercise In Honor Of A Local Hero This Weekend

A fitness challenge at Heritage High School Saturday honors the men lost in Afghanistan 10 years ago during Operation Red Wings, among them Littleton Navy SEAL Danny Dietz.

A Warrior’s Creed

Ten years ago, Littleton native and Navy SEAL Danny Dietz Jr. died in Afghanistan so that one of his teammates might live.


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