Colorado Springs Independent
  • 235 S. Nevada Ave.
  • Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903
  • Phone: (719) 577-4545
  • Fax: (719) 577-4107
  • Circulation: 36,000 (As of November 2010 - figure submitted by publisher)
  • Publication Day: Every Wednesday
  • Market Served: Southern Colorado (El Paso, Teller and Pueblo Counties)
  • National Advertising: Alternative Weekly Network
No sacred cows. Balanced investigative reporting. Bold graphics. Crisp writing. Crusading columnists, often at odds with one another. Arts and cultural reviews, previews, insights and trends. Absolutely the best events calendar around. Plus a healthy dose of comics and humor.

This is what the 126,000 regular readers of the Colorado Springs Independent expect week in, week out from the Pikes Peak region's largest locally owned newspaper. (Media Audit Report for Colorado Springs, Winer 2009)

"We’re read so widely due to our local focus," says Publisher/Co-founder John Weiss. "Local politics, local angles on national news, local artists, local offbeat characters, local bands, local heroes, local villains, local everything."

The Independent's editorial excellence has been recognized by more than two dozen national and regional associations, including accolades from the Utne Reader, The Nation Magazine, Colorado Society for Professional Journalism, the National Society for Lesbian & Gay Journalists, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, and the Education Writers Association of America.

Serving Colorado's second largest city and the nation's 80th largest market, The Independent reaches more professional/technical employees and more first home-time home buyers than any section of the daily and more pop/rock as well as more symphony/opera concert-goers than any area radio station. (Media Audit Report, Winter 2009.) The Independent is the vehicle to reach Southern Colorado's savvy, thoughtful and upscale decision makers.

"Our readers like our paper and our advertisers like our readers,” adds founding Ad Director Teri Homick. "When we launched the Independent, our goals were to have fun, do good and make money -- in that order. And I am pleased to report that we have done all three."
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Recent AAN Awards

2010 Health Reporting, 3rd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Anthony Lane
2010 Music Blog, 1st Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Bill Forman
2009 Column, 2nd Place (Circulation Below 50000) by Rich Tosches
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 18-34 (37.0%)
 25-49 (71.0%)

 F: 53.5%
 M: 46.5%
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Source: Media Audit, Winter 2009


Title Name Email address*
Publisher John Weiss ---
CEO Fran Zankowski ---
General Manager/Assoc. Publisher Carrie Simison ---
Editor-in-chief Kirk Woundy ---
Vice President/Retail Teri Homick ---
Arts Editor Matthew Schniper ---
Music Editor Bill Forman ---
Reporter J. Adrian Stanley ---
Director of Marketing & Promotions Jack Ward ---
Arts Editor Edie Adelstein ---
Distribution Coordinator Lynleigh Bernheim ---
Reporter Bryce Crawford ---
Graphic Designer Dustin Glatz ---
Account Executive Jason Janc ---
Advertising Account Executive David Jeffrey ---

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Recent Articles

War gear for local cops

As riots play out in St. Louis County, Mo., reports have resurfaced that police departments are being equipped with free gear such as armored vehicles from the military.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Pam Zubeck and J. Adrian Stanley  |  08-22-2014  |  Crime & Justice

Hash Oil Explosions on the Rise

Exploding drug labs and house fires are usually associated with meth, but extracting hash oil from marijuana can also cause an explosion, and it seems to be a growing problem. In the last twelve months, Colorado Springs Police have confirmed five fires or explosions in the city caused by home hash-oil extractions.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Griffin Swartzell  |  07-30-2014  |  Drugs
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