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Robert Sanchez

Senior Staff Writer

Robert Sanchez has written on everything from inner-city gangs to brain trauma to natural disasters. Features he’s written have been recognized by the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, the City and Regional Magazine Association, and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. Sanchez’s work has been anthologized twice in the “Best American Sports Writing” series (with two other stories listed as “notable”), in “Next Wave” (a collection of the best American writers younger than 40), and in “Words Matter” (which features 20 influential University of Missouri School of Journalism graduates). Additionally, his work has been featured on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered”, as well in ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, and Men’s Health. In 2014, he was named CRMA’s writer of the year.

In addition to his magazine experience, Sanchez is a former staff writer for the Associated Press, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Denver Post, and the Rocky Mountain News. Sanchez was born near Boston, but was raised in Colorado. He graduated with honors from the University of Missouri and is married to his high school sweetheart. They have two children.

Articles By Robert Sanchez

What Happens When Millennials Can’t Afford to Live in Denver?

Denver has been a hot spot for millennial transplants for years. But what happens when the generation born between roughly 1981 and 1996 suddenly becomes the one that can’t afford to stay?

Why Did Walter Springs Die?

When a 24-year-old Denver soldier was shot and killed by military police near his base in Texas in 1942, his family and friends suspected the official story wasn’t complete. They were right.

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser on a blue background next to challenger John Kellner on a red background

9 Questions for Attorney General Candidates Phil Weiser and John Kellner

5280 sat down with both candidates in the tight race to discuss fentanyl, crime, reproductive rights, and other issues that the top law-enforcement official in the state will face.

An Aerial view of Glenwood Canyon.

The Stretch of I-70 Through Glenwood Canyon Is 30 Years Old. Will It Survive Another 30 Years?

Thirty years ago, engineers completed construction on the Glenwood Canyon stretch of Colorado’s most important east-west interstate. Today, climate change threatens that critical section of I-70—and anyone who travels it.

John Matocha

Season Preview: Colorado School of Mines Football

A new head coach with a championship pedigree leads a Mines team that already had title aspirations. Will this Division II school in Golden be Colorado’s most successful football program?

Zack Hample holding some of his baseballs.

YouTuber (Kinda, Sorta) Apologizes for Video Takedown of Coors Field Security

Zack Hample’s stadium critique of the Colorado Rockies’ ballpark went viral on social media—and then (kinda, sorta) blew up in his face.

10 Years After His Son Was Murdered in the Aurora Theater Massacre, Tom Sullivan’s Work Is Still Not Finished

Alex Sullivan was killed in the 2012 shooting, along with 11 others. His father, Tom, subsequently began a career in state politics focusing on issues related to gun violence and safety. In an interview, Sullivan talked about losing his son, the challenges of passing gun-violence legislation, and whether or not Alex would approve of Tom’s musical tastes.

How Do You Rebuild Your Life After Losing Everything in the Marshall Fire?

Stories of love, loss, and perseverance in the face of disaster.

Will the Rainbow Gathering Run Roughshod Over Colorado’s Public Lands?

The Rainbow Family will celebrate their 50th anniversary in Colorado, where it all started, while Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests land managers braces for their impact.

Denver’s Department of Public Safety Defends the City’s Response to Homeless Encampments

Critics argue the city’s Street Enforcement Team, which was created by the Denver City Council last year, isn’t much different from the police. Armando Saldate, who helms the city’s Department of Public Safety, says that’s not the case.

Outside Inc. Makes Significant Staff Cuts, Shifts Away From Print Media Offerings

After several years of sizable growth, the Boulder-based company pulls back in an effort to have a longer “runway” as it prepares to go public.

Portrait of Robin Thurston

Can Outside Inc. Save Outdoor Journalism?

A little over a year ago, Robin Thurston purchased Outside magazine and turned Boulder’s Pocket Outdoor Media into a brand he thinks will remake and improve active-lifestyle journalism. Not everyone agrees.

24 Hours in Denver’s Historic Crime Wave

August 14, 2020, wasn’t particularly special or noteworthy. It was just another day—1,440 long minutes—during the crime epidemic that has engulfed Denver since the COVID-19 outbreak began.

Photo Gallery: The Destruction Caused by the Marshall Fire in Boulder County

The grassland fire destroyed hundreds of homes after igniting on Thursday afternoon. It is the most destructive fire in Colorado history.

Inside the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s Bold Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

How the Ute Mountain Ute tribe’s race to protect its sovereign nation from the COVID-19 pandemic transformed its southwestern Colorado reservation, members, and leadership—forever.

Marshmallow Mascots, $2 Beer, and the Future of Minor League Baseball

The Rocky Mountain Vibes just finished their first season independent of Major League Baseball. One writer went to see if that changed how he and the Colorado Springs community views the team.

‘Every voice, every letter, mattered’

Thousands of Americans wrote Gov. Jared Polis demanding justice for Elijah McClain. A year later, the letter writers react to the indictments handed down last week.

The Enduring Legacy of Elijah McClain’s Tragic Death

In summer 2020, the nation’s attention turned to the killing of a 23-year-old Aurora man. His death prompted a flood of more than 8,500 letters from outside the state of Colorado—all begging Governor Jared Polis for justice. We read every one.

high voltage towers

Could a Proposed Wyoming Nuclear Reactor Hint at Colorado’s Energy Future?

The Bill Gates–backed project has the potential to provide a blueprint for the expansion of nuclear power throughout the Rocky Mountain West.

Is It Just Us Or Are Those All-Star Game Jerseys Really Ugly?

We asked Paul Lukas, uniform guru and founder of Uni Watch, to give us his well-informed opinion.

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