Hello! I’m Daliah. I’m an award-winning freelance writer and editor living and exploring in Denver, Colorado. I spent more than seven years as a magazine editor at 5280 (where I’m now a contributing writer). 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.) I’m the former editor of 5280 Traveler.


Although I write a little of everything, my passions are social justice and travel/outdoors journalism.


I’m intent on telling the stories of those whose voices are often overlooked or misunderstood or silenced. That interest has led me to write articles on what happens when someone pleads not guilty by reason of insanity; the mental health challenges of wildland firefighting; an inmate-produced public radio station; how transit workers were terrified to go to work during the COVID-19 pandemic; and the high rate of suicide in the western United States, a piece that was anthologized in Mile High Stories. I’m also an experienced editor and fact-checker for short- and longform articles.


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 your experiences with other travelers. “Try new things” is a personal motto, and I’m always looking to test my limits and explore new-to-me places, both near and far. Most of my free time is spent researching and daydreaming about where to visit next.


In addition to reporting and writing articles for consumer publications, I also create custom content for local, national, and international brands and tourism boards. Clients include Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Marriott Bonvoy Traveler, and Equinox Counseling & Wellness Center.


When I’m not working, you can find me adventuring in the Rocky Mountains—or wherever my travels take me—or curled up with a book and a cup of tea.

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 ...

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett



Listening To ...

Is This Working?


2021 ASJA Writing Awards

Social Change: "The Dire Consequences of Pleading Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity in Colorado" (5280)

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2021 NATJA Travel Media Awards

Silver – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility: "The Overlooked Contributions of Black Americans to U.S. Barbecue Culture" (Condé Nast Traveler)

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2020 NATJA Travel Media Awards

Gold – Luxury and Resort Travel: "Where to Splurge in Aspen" (Aspen Sojourner)

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Honorable Mention – Culinary Travel: "How Native-Owned Restaurants Prioritize Native-Grown Ingredients" (Gastro Obscura)

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2019 Top of the Rockies, SPJ Colorado

2nd Place, Business–General Reporting: "Are You Part Of Colorado's Gig Economy?" (5280)

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2018 NATJA Travel Media Awards Honorable Mention

Destination Travel - Magazine: "Wild Beauty" (5280)

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2018 City & Regional Magazine Awards Finalist

Ancillary/General Interest: Traveler (5280)

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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)