I’m an award-winning freelance writer and editor living and exploring in Denver, Colorado, with more than seven years of staff magazine experience. I’m a contributing editor at 5280 and the editor of 5280 Traveler. 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’ve written about everything from artists to backcountry hut trips to mental health, but 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. That interest has led me to write articles on the persistent shackling of youth in Colorado’s justice system; how exercise could help those struggling with substance-use disordersand the high rate of suicide in the western United States, a piece that was anthologized in Mile High Stories


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 19 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.


As the journalism landscape continues to adapt to our digital world, I’ve also stepped into the content marketing space, crafting words and stories for businesses such as tourism bureaus, United Airlines, and Kaiser Permanente Colorado.


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 tea (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

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When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams


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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)