Position: Executive editor

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: (970) 375-4539

About: Editor Amy Maestas is a native Utahn who graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She has worked as a journalist for 30 years in various positions and publications, including Deseret News, Bank Investment Representative, The Event Weekly, Inside/Outside magazine and others. Maestas joined The Durango Herald in 1996 as a reporter and covered city government, politics, business and public lands. She has won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Associated Press and the Colorado Press Association. She is a former board member of Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro chapter. She has also participated in exchanges with the International Center for Journalists in Turkey, Armenia and Uganda. In 2012, Maestas completed a journalism and management fellowship program with the Maynard Media Academy at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. From 2016-17, she was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Read More

From the editor: After 23 years, Executive Editor Amy Maestas leaving Durango Herald

Nearly 23 years ago, I was sitting in a parking lot in Salt Lake City listening to breaking news about the city winning the 2002 Winter Olympics bid. Inside my head, I said: “I gotta get out.” I...

DATE: March 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Sierra Edd’s art and activism makes space for Native women

Sierra Edd doesn’t separate her art from her activism or her activism from her art. For many years, that integration helped her develop a voice and a style in both forms of expression,...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango restaurant owner delivers on a promise

This is a story about fish chowder, a persistent mailman, a reluctant business owner, a promise, a near death and a nondisclosure agreement. If a crime were involved, we might have ourselves a...

DATE: March 30, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowdown has two official drinks; Durango attempts to be fashionable

The first day of Snowdown drew crowds out into the warm weather, making them merrier and more willing to hop from event to event. Here’s a roundup of some of today’s events: Scotch Doubles Pool...

DATE: Jan. 31, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Herald launches storytelling series

La Plata County is full of stories. New stories. Old stories. Stories by people whose ancestors were here centuries ago; stories by people who moved here just recently. At The Durango Herald, we...

DATE: Jan. 13, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Herald, Colorado Politics form partnership

Dear readers, The Durango Herald has a long-standing commitment to providing our readers in Southwest Colorado news about our lawmakers and the state Legislature. For many years, the Herald had a...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

From the editor: Sexual assault column series will strive to spark community conversations

Every year in La Plata County, law enforcement receives dozens of reports of sexual assault cases. Each case is different than the next. Several factors are part of every case – factors that, when...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Gardner, Bennet support immigration act

Colorado Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner on Tuesday signed on as co-sponsors of the DREAM Act of 2017 after President Donald Trump announced he would phase out a program that shields young...

DATE: Sept. 5, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

From the archives: Garrison Keillor shares his observations of the Southwest, the internet and being funny – politely

This story was originally published in Cross Currents, a former magazine owned by The Durango Herald. It appeared June 5, 1998. It’s Saturday afternoon, April 18, and “A Prairie Home Companion’s”...

DATE: June 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Arts & Entertainment

3 bears euthanized after destroying property

Colorado Parks and Wildlife euthanized three bears Saturday after one of them destroyed a car in the Durango Hills subdivision. Joe Lewandowski, Parks and Wildlife spokesman, said a sow and two...

DATE: June 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Book revives tale of 1998 Four Corners manhunt

This week will mark 18 years since three armed men shot multiple bullets into a Cortez police officer and then fled into the rugged scrub oak on the Utah-Colorado border, setting off what some call...

DATE: May 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Doggie Olympics

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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