Brian Calvert

Editor-in-Chief, High Country News

Brian grew up in Pinedale and Rock Springs, Wyoming. He holds an M.F.A in creative writing-poetry from Western Colorado University and a B.A. in English liberal arts from the University of Northern Colorado. He is a writer, radio producer and editor, and spent much of his career as a media development consultant and freelance foreign correspondent. He was a Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. Calvert, the editor-in-chief of High Country News, is a former foreign correspondent who has covered conflict in Afghanistan and across Southeast Asia. He has edited and guided much of High Country News' extremist coverage, including the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation and other standoffs over public land, as well as the resurgence of the "alt-right" and border militia.

Brian is speaking at

October 11, 2019
11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Room 308-310, 3rd Floor, Lory Student Center


  • Tik Root (Moderator)
  • Jude Bayham (Speaker) Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Resource Economics, College of Agricultural Sciences, Colorado State University
  • Lindsay Bourgoine (Speaker) Director, Policy and Advocacy, Protect Our Winters
  • Brian Calvert (Speaker) Editor-in-Chief, High Country News
  • Jessica Newton (Speaker) Owner, Black Girls Hike Global, Inc.


Colorado is an epicenter of outdoor culture. Running, hiking, biking, camping, skiing, fishing. You’ve got it all. But there are already concerns here — and around the world — about overtourism, overuse and equitable access to outdoor opportunities in what has traditionally been a very white space. And, whether it's melting snow or extreme heats, climate change is set to further shift how we recreate. From athlete and diversity voices, to the impacts of the climate crisis, this panel will explore how we, as journalists, can best cover such an evolving industry.

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