Welcome to I-News.
The I-News Network is the public-service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS.
I-News produces in-depth, research-based journalism that many newsrooms couldn’t do alone. We collaborate with the most respected news outlets to deliver this journalism to millions of Coloradans.
Together with our media partners, we’re filling a void in serious public-service journalism, bringing more in-depth news to the places you already look for your news: your newspaper, radio, television, computer and digital device.
We produce journalism that makes a difference. Here are some recent examples:
- More doctors now disclose drug company payments after I-News helped Colorado Public Radio report hidden funding, allowing patients to make better-informed decisions.
- The Colorado State Board of Education toughened standards for online schools after I-News helped EdNews and other partners show that online elementary and high schools get millions in tax money even though half their students leave within a year.
A six-month I-News Network investigation has found that what really happens to Colorado’s rising mountain of electronic waste is not what you thought.
I-News reports on issues of statewide importance and local impact. Our specialty is turning complex information into compelling multimedia stories – so citizens can make better-informed decisions.
Our focus is high-impact, investigative journalism with an emphasis on data analysis, statistical analysis, data visualization and public records research. These are skills most newsrooms currently lack. However, these are skills that are urgently needed to produce public service journalism.
Traditional news sources face tighter resources and more deadlines. They don’t always have the time or specialized skills to do it all. I-News is there to help.
Participants of the 2011 Institute.
I-News also is helping train the next generation of investigative reporters and create the future of news. We work with journalism students at the University of Colorado and train high school journalists at our summer Investigative Journalism Institute.
You can join in, too. Share your insights through our Public Insight Network. Help sustain quality journalism with a donation to I-News. Suggest a story.
Contact us with any questions, ideas or suggestions.
Jim Trotter is highly regarded in Colorado journalism and beyond. He was the senior editor for investigative and enterprise journalism at the Rocky Mountain News when it closed in 2009. Since then, he has been with the Associated Press, responsible for enterprise journalism in 13 western states.
Jim has edited Pulitzer Prize-winning articles and an Emmy-winning documentary. He has been a columnist at a major metropolitan newspaper and been editorial director for the public affairs show of a major metropolitan television station. He was winner of the Dart Society’s 2010 Mimi Award, recognizing both his compassion and leadership.
He is uniquely qualified to help I-News work with print, broadcast and digital news media across Colorado to produce important public-service journalism. Jim’s hiring is made possible through a generous grant from The Colorado Health Foundation.
Burt Hubbard is the editorial director of I-News. Burt is well-known in the journalism world for his data analysis skills. His numerous awards include two prestigious Best of The West awards, a national education award for investigative reporting, and Reporter of the Year in Colorado.
He also was a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for the Rocky Mountain News and is enshrined in the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame. Burt has taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 11 years at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For the past three years he has led research symposiums for journalists and citizens throughout Colorado on behalf of the university. Burt recently left the Denver Post to join I-News.
Kevin Vaughan, senior reporter at the I-News Network, is an award-winning journalist and author. Over his 25-year career he has written for the Fort Morgan Times, the Fort Collins Coloradoan, the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post and has covered some of the state’s biggest stories. Among them have been the tragedy at Columbine High School, Colorado’s horrific wildfire season of 2002, the Colorado Rockies’ 2007 World Series run, and the fight by Tim Masters to overturn his conviction in the murder of Peggy Hettrick.
He is a 1986 graduate of Metropolitan State College, and his work has been honored numerous times. His 2007 Rocky Mountain News series, “The Crossing,” which examined the lifelong reverberations of Colorado’s worst traffic accident, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing. He is the co-author (with Jim Davidson) of the best-seller “The Ledge: An Adventure Story of Friendship and Survival on Mount Rainier.”
Joe Mahoney was a staff photographer and then Assistant Director of Multimedia for the Rocky Mountain News from 1999 until the paper closed in 2009. He also teaches photojournalism and social documentary courses as an adjunct faculty member at Metropolitan State University in Denver and has been a frequent coach at the National Press Photographers Association’s “Multimedia Immersion” and the “NewsVideo” workshops.
He was part of photo teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2000 and 2003 covering the Columbine school shootings and wildfires in Colorado. Mahoney won an Emmy in 2010 in the Topical Documentary category for his work as associate producer on “Final Edition.”
During his time with the News, Mahoney covered a wide range of stories from the Columbia space shuttle crash, presidential campaigns and both national political conventions of 2008, Stanley Cup championships, World Series as well as many local issues. Before joining the News, Mahoney spent nine years with The Associated Press.
Ann Carnahan Espinola wrote more than 2,000 bylined stories during her two decades at the Pittsburgh Press and Rocky Mountain News. Her many awards include the National Education Writers Association award for distinguished reporting and the Shining Star Award, presented by the Colorado Press Association for the most consistently excellent reporter.
She was part of a News team whose coverage of a fatal wildfire was named as a top-three finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ann was the first reporter in the history of the Rocky Mountain News to be inducted into the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame. At the News, she was named best reporter by her co-workers and won the editor-in-chief’s award for outstanding worker. Her beats included city hall, police, and civil and criminal courts. She also wrote an investigative column as well as a series of stories updating the lives of newsmakers after they faded from the limelight.
Ann is originally from Pennsylvania, but has called Denver home for more than 25 years.
I-News is a founding member of the national Investigative News Network.
This national group includes nonprofit investigative journalism organizations from across the nation — from Voice of San Diego to the Center for Public Integrity, from NPR and PBS to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.
Collaborating on both reporting and the business of operating a nonprofit, network members are able to leverage resources and make their dollars — and their reporting — go farther.
John Temple, president.
John Temple is the managing editor for The Washington Post’s local audience, including its Metro section and sports and arts coverage. Prior to holding that position, John was editor of Honolulu Civil Beat an entrepreneurial digital news startup in Honolulu launched by the founder of eBay.
John is the former editor, president and publisher of the Rocky Mountain News. Under his leadership, the newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other national journalistic awards. He also served the E.W. Scripps Co., owner of the Rocky, as vice president/news of the newspaper division.
Paul Voakes, treasurer. Paul is the former dean of the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Boulder. His PhD is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his research and teaching specializations are in media law and ethics and math/statistics for journalism. He is a former op-ed columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, and the author of several books and multiple journal articles.
Brant Houston, secretary. Brant is chairman of the board of directors for the national Investigative News Network, a coalition of nonprofit journalism organizations, and coordinator for the Global Investigative Journalism Network, which he co-founded in 2000. For more than a decade, Brant was the executive director of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters and Editors, a 3,500-member organization. He was an award-winning investigative reporter for 17 years. He currently holds the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Chair in Investigative and Enterprise Reporting at the University of Illinois College of Media in Champaign-Urbana.
William Weintraub, at-large member. Bill is executive in residence at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He has been a senior executive for such companies as Proctor & Gamble, Kellogg, Tropicana and Coors. In his various corporate roles, he has led brand management, market research, sales, R&D, ethnic marketing, new product development and corporate communications efforts, sometimes managing budgets close to a billion dollars. He has served on the boards of other local organizations, including the United Way and the American Red Cross, and serves on the Advisory Board for the CU School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Colorado State University Business School board.
Laura Frank, executive director of I-News, is an ex officio member of the I-News board.