High Country News

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High Country News
Executive Director/ Publisher Paul Larmer
Frequency Biweekly
Circulation 25,000
First issue  1970 (1970-month)
Country United States
Based in Paonia, Colorado
Website www.hcn.org

High Country News is a non-profit media source, publishing a magazine, a popular website and a weekly op-ed column service, along with special reports and books. The news organization covers the American West's public lands, water, natural resources, grazing, wilderness, wildlife, logging, politics, communities, growth and other issues now changing the face of the Western United States.


Founded in 1970 in Wyoming by rancher and environmentalist, Tom Bell, High Country News is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. Located in Paonia, Colorado, its mission is to inform and inspire people - through in-depth journalism - to act on behalf of the West's diverse natural and human communities.


With 25,000 subscribers, High Country News receives 37% of its income from subscriptions, 26% from grants, 22% from donations, 10% from advertising, and 5% from syndication and other assorted sources.[citation needed]


According to a review in the Christian Science Monitor, the paper "is closely read in congressional offices and state houses, as well as in the government agencies that control most of the rural West. It has broken important stories subsequently picked up by the New York Times and other national media." Former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt described the paper as "the only place where you can really know what's happening in the rest of the West."[1]

High Country News has received numerous journalism and environmental awards, including (but not limited to):

  • Utne Reader magazine's 2013 Utne Media Award for Best Environmental Coverage [2]
  • 2013 National Association of Science Writers' 2013 Science in Society Award
  • 2012 Knight-Risser Prize for Western Environmental Journalism
  • The 2012 Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers
  • The 2012 Society of Environmental Journalists Awards, Outstanding Beat Reporting, Small Market
  • 2011 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Native American Journalists Association
  • The Native American Journalists Association Best Environmental Story of 2010 (monthly/bimonthly category)
  • Utne Reader magazine's 2010 Utne Independent Press Award for Environmental Coverage.[3]
  • The 2010 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism
  • The 2009 Society of Environmental Journalists Awards, Outstanding Small Market Reporting, Print category
  • The 2008 Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism
  • The 2006 George Polk Award for Political Reporting


  1. ^ Knickerbocker, Brad (11 July 1991). "A Paper's Scrapping Western Crusade". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "Winners of the 2013 UtneMedia Awards". 
  3. ^ "Winners of the 2010 Utne Independent Press Awards". Retrieved 27 October 2010. 

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