Position: Herald Staff Writer

Email: pmarcus@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (720) 891-8280

About: Peter Marcus is the Denver Correspondent for The Durango Herald, covering politics, the governor’s office, Colorado Legislature, Congress and federal, state and local governments. He joined The Herald in 2014 from The Colorado Statesman, a Denver-based political weekly. The Washington Post twice named him one of the top state-based political and legislative reporters in the nation. He also has won over a dozen awards from the Colorado Press Association.

In prior posts, Marcus worked for The Denver Daily News, a former free daily newspaper in Denver, where he covered City Hall, politics and had an entertainment column. Before that, he worked for the Longmont Times-Call.

An Ithaca College graduate, Marcus studied journalism and creative writing, before moving to Colorado from New York in 2004. He is an avid New York Giants fan, and while he has become accustomed to Colorado’s beauty and skiing opportunities, he often longs for New York’s chicken parm sandwiches.
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Colorado attorney general a conservative advocate for LGBT

DENVER – Colorado Republican Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s office staff knows that when Jesse Wright phones, his call should be put right through. “I have tried real hard to limit that so that...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Gov. Hickenlooper calls for unity in wake of election

DENVER – Gov. John Hickenlooper is calling for unity after a divisive election in which he described Republican Donald Trump as a “narcissistic fraud.” His comments Thursday came just hours before...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

State House Republicans oust leadership after lackluster election

DENVER – Republicans held control of the Colorado Senate following Tuesday’s election, but they lost three seats in the House, spurring a change in leadership. In terms of power, nothing changed...

DATE: Nov. 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rejection of anti-slavery initiative in Colorado disappoints backers

DENVER – An effort to unchain Colorado from archaic language in the state constitution that allows for slavery in some cases was poised for defeat. Amendment T was trailing 49 percent to 51...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Democrat Gail Schwartz concedes to Republican Scott Tipton

DENVER – Democrat Gail Schwartz conceded defeat Wednesday following a spirited 3rd Congressional District race against Republican incumbent Scott Tipton. Schwartz , a former state senator, declined...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Michael Bennet ahead in U.S. Senate race

DENVER – A relatively dull U.S. Senate race in Colorado was ending Tuesday night as predicted, with Democrat Michael Bennet holding onto his seat against Republican challenger Darryl Glenn. Bennet...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tipton leads in Schwartz in 3rd district

DENVER – Republican incumbent Scott Tipton of Cortez was leading Tuesday night in the 3rd Congressional District, over a spirited challenge by Democrat Gail Schwartz. Tipton was leading 55 percent...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Ballot issues: Raise the Bar vaults to victory; aid-in-dying wins

DENVER – Colorado voters Tuesday night backed establishing a presidential primary and making it more difficult to amend the state constitution, as part of nine wide-ranging issues that were on the...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brown concedes state house seat to McLachlan

DENVER – One of the most targeted House races in the state lived up to expectations Tuesday night, with the contest between Republican incumbent J. Paul Brown and Democratic challenger Barbara...

DATE: Nov. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trump, Clinton camps pound the ground in final days

DENVER Colorado Republicans feel a wind at their back headed into the critical final weekend before voters decide between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Trump himself will come back to Colorado...

DATE: Nov. 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Darryl Glenn gains momentum in final days of U.S. Senate race

DENVER – After months of lackluster performance, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn is seeing momentum in his campaign’s final days. It makes sense that a former powerlifting champion...

DATE: Nov. 3, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Judge raises concerns with Colorado ‘ballot selfie’ law

DENVER – A Denver federal judge on Wednesday told prosecutors that they have a weak case in arguing for an archaic law that prohibits sharing so-called “ballot selfies.” Two separate lawsuits were...

DATE: Nov. 2, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News