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Natasha Gardner, Articles Editor

Natasha Gardner writes and edits longform journalism and multimedia projects for 5280 and is a regular columnist for 5280.com. She was named a finalist for a 2012 National Magazine Award in the public interest category for “Direct Fail,” an expose of Colorado’s “direct file” policy of sending juveniles to adult prison. Since that story was published, the state has dramatically changed the direct file law. Her investigation of the Colorado foster care system (“Unwanted”) received multiple awards, including a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2010, she was also a National Magazine Awards finalist for “Low on O2,” a service package that explores the impact of altitude on day-to-day life in Colorado (co-written with Lindsey B. Koehler). She also won The Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism for “Dry Times,” an investigation of Colorado’s water crisis that she co-wrote with Patrick Doyle. Gardner has appeared on Colorado Public Television to discuss her work and current affairs. She was a Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma Ochberg Fellow in 2011. Before settling in Colorado, she worked in book publishing in New York. She has a BA from Smith College and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. She lives in Denver with her husband and son.

Author Article Archive

Free Things to Do: January 2017

Seven ways to save cash and keep your Instagram feed filled with like-worthy pics from local events—plus one way to splurge. 

10 Free Things to Do in December

From holiday events and traditions to snow-filled activities, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

Our Children, Ourselves

More than 180 kids are born in Colorado every day, and as many as one in four will be abused or neglected by their caregivers during their early years. Why is it so difficult to stop this from happening—and even harder to find justice for victims? 

Neighborhood Guide: Stapleton

This sprawling, family-friendly neighborhood is packed with restaurants, shops, and more than 50 parks. And with an influx of new residents, it's only growing. 

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10 Free Things to Do in November

From a Day of the Dead celebration to complimentary admission to the Denver Zoo, here are 10 fun ways to give your wallet a break this month. 

10 Free Things to Do in October

From perfect-for-fall hikes to a Native American film festival, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

Living Off The Land

For a family to own and work a spot of land in Colorado for just one growing season is a feat of perseverance, temperance, tenacity, and luck. The Edgars have done it for more than 100 years. 

10 Free Things to Do in September

From festivals and film screenings to hikes worth traveling for, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

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The Space Between

Downtown’s alleys get ready for a makeover.

10 Free Things to Do in July

From Beats on the Creek to Union Station Farmer's Market, here are ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month.

10 Free Things to Do in June

From the GoPro Mountain Games to the Denver Arts Festival, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

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10 Free Things to Do in May

From puppy socials to Denver's annual Cinco de Mayo festival, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

Rent Control

The mayor's affordable housing plan has exceeded expectations—so far. But the future of reasonable rent remains in doubt. 

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10 Free Things to Do in April

From Earth Day projects to free concerts and more, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

10 Free Things to Do in March

From St. Patrick's Day celebrations and free tours to First Friday walks and more, here's how to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

10 Free Things to Do in February

From the big game to new exhibits and awesome date ideas, here are 10 ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

10 Free Things To Do in January

From free days at the Denver Zoo and the National Western Stock Show to tours of our Statehouse and more, here are ways to give your wallet a break (while having fun) this month. 

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