I’m an award-winning writer and editor living and exploring in Denver, Colorado, with more than seven years of magazine experience. In 2016, Folio: honored me as a 30 Under 30, calling me a “young journalist to watch.” I was named a 2015 Livingston Award for Young Journalists finalist for “The Girls Next Door,” an exposé on the sex trafficking of minors in Colorado. (The longform piece was also highlighted in the Journalism Center on Children & Families’ “Best Practices” series.) The same year, “Everyday Environmentalists,” which I edited, won the CRMA award for Reader Service.

 

While I’ve written about everything from cocktails to backcountry hut trips to mental health—and I enjoy and will continue to cover a diverse array of subjects—I am primarily focused on social justice and travel/outdoors journalism. I’m intent on telling the stories of those whose voices are often overlooked or misunderstood or silenced.

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That interest has led me to write articles on the persistent shackling of youth in Colorado’s justice system, the specially trained nurses helping survivors of sexual assault, and the high rate of suicide in the western United States.

 

Travel and outdoors writing stems from my personal wanderlust. To me, there is no better way to satisfy a curious mind than to explore the world—and then share what you’ve learned and experienced with other travelers. I’ve visited five continents and 15 countries—a short list compared to all the places I want to see—and most of my free time is spent researching where to go next.

 

When I’m not working, you can find me adventuring in the Rocky Mountains—or wherever my travels take me—on the volleyball court, or curled up with a book and a cup of hot tea (or glass of wine…or whiskey).

Over the seven or so years Daliah was at 5280, she poured herself into her work. She's interned, fact-checked, led our editorial internship program, co-edited the front-of-the-book, blogged, created videos, managed best-selling cover packages, and been a finalist of prestigious awards for both her narrative and service features. All the while, she has been a true pro, exhibiting the rare talent of being able to do her job with a smile and a laugh.

—Geoff Van Dyke, Editorial Director, 5280

Eat, Write, Travel—not necessarily in that order

On My Nightstand ...

Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott

MY NEXT TRIP ...

Crested Butte

Listening To ...

How I Built This

Awards

Folio 30 Under 30

2016 Honoree

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2016 Top Of The Rockies, SPJ Colorado

1st Place, Public Service: "The Canyon Of Why" (5280)

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Excellence In Reporting Award, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado

"The Canyon Of Why" (5280)

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2015 Livingston Awards For Young Journalists

Finalist: "The Girls Next Door" (5280)

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2015 City & Regional Magazine Awards Winner

Reader Service: “Everyday Environmentalists” (5280)

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2015 Top of the Rockies, SPJ Colorado

1st Place, A&E Single Story: “5280 Fall Theater Preview” (5280)

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2nd Place, Public Service: “The Girls Next Door” (5280)

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3rd Place, Environment – General Reporting: “Everyday Environmentalists” (5280)

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2014 City & Regional Magazine Awards Finalist

Magazine Section: Front Range (5280)