Position: City Editor

Email: kburford@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4575

About: Katie Burford started with the Herald as a reporter in 2007 and became city editor in July 2010. She holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. She worked at The (McAllen) Monitor in Texas' Rio Grande Valley before moving to New Mexico to work at the Albuquerque Journal. In 2004, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teaching journalism in Chile, where she also reported for Reuters news agency. Her last stop before Durango was Mexico City, where she worked for The Associated Press as an editor for the Latin America desk. Read More

Elders embrace young tribal vets

Rod Grove landed in Vietnam on Aug. 29, 1970. It was his birthday. Thirteen months and 22 days later, he would leave a changed man.“Innocence,” he said, “it’s lost.”Today, Grove is the veterans...

DATE: July 3, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Joining the military was this Durangoan’s salvation

Laura Branson said when her son, Jonathan Craft, was deployed to Afghanistan with the 16th Infantry Regiment for most of 2011, she couldn’t ask him a lot of questions.“I can’t tell you, Mom,” was...

DATE: July 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘I’m not going to let just being blind beat me’

Michael Malarsie had been in Afghanistan for less than a month when he suffered the injuries that would leave him permanently blind.Malarsie, son of a longtime Durango family, was a member of an...

DATE: July 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

The mission continues

Eric Greitens could have rested on his laurels.He’d racked up a doctorate at Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. He’d traveled to some of the world’s most war-torn and...

DATE: July 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Stolen valor?

A story that appeared on Page 4A of The Durango Herald on Sunday contained a detailed account by Timothy Oliver of his time serving in Afghanistan. Since the story ran, numerous questions have been...

DATE: July 2, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

He lived and fought among the people

Christian Warren looks like any 20-something Fort Lewis College student: tall and lanky in jeans and T-shirt with his sun-bleached hair moused into a short, spiky peak.He smiles easily and displays...

DATE: July 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Van provides lift for vets seeking specialized help

It is before dawn, and Mike Amato, the retired superintendent of the city of Durango water-treatment plant, is sitting in the driver’s seat of the Disabled American Veterans SUV doing paperwork...

DATE: July 1, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

He lived history, and now he studies it

Michael D. Long turned 21 on Sept. 11, 2001. Stationed at Ft. Bragg, N.C., where he was assigned to the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, he had gotten engaged two days earlier.Long had taken an...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

The things they carry

Local veterans returnEditors Note: This four-day series looks at the experiences of returning veterans and the challenges they face.H H H Timothy Oliver is haunted by the fact he survived when the...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

The war inside

As a Marine stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2007, Christian Warren spent his days and nights living among the Iraqis the Americans were trying to help. This meant delivering aid like a humanitarian...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

ToFLCand back,Iraq in between

For about a year, Andrew Mangold drove an armored vehicle in convoys that crisscrossed Iraq. In all, he racked up about 9,000 miles.The heat was punishing. Outside the mercury once climbed as high...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

'What I'm fighting to make free'

Editors' note: Questions have been raised about the accuracy of this account. See related story "Stolen Valor?" for more details.Timothy Oliver, a Georgia boy by birth, spent years with the Special...

DATE: June 30, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

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