Position: Health & topics reporter

Email: mshinn@durangoherald.com

Phone Number: (970) 375-4526

About: Mary Shinn covers business and the Durango city government. Shinn started at The Cortez Journal and The Mancos Times in 2013 as the Mancos town reporter.

Before that she was a News21 fellow and worked on a national investigation of the Department of Veterans Affairs. News21 is an annual nationwide journalism project funded by the Carnegie-Knight Foundation.

Shinn graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in mass communications in 2013.
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Students at Durango High School explore career paths through vocational learning

Durango High School sophomore Summer Bonnar skillfully guided a chunk of wood around a spinning band saw blade in carpentry class this winter, carefully working around her manicured nails. “It’s...

DATE: March 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mexican immigrant places hope in private bill after years in sanctuary

When longtime Cortez resident Rosa Sabido first sought sanctuary from deportation in Mancos United Methodist Church more than 1,000 days ago, she expected to stay for a few weeks to a year. As the...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Philanthropic women organize in Durango to boost giving

A group of philanthropic women has formed in Durango to bestow thousands of dollars in donations on local nonprofits – and they’re doing it game-show style. “The idea is collective giving for a...

DATE: Feb. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R board hits ‘like’ button on cellphone ban

Durango School District 9-R board members expressed interest, even enthusiasm, about a possible ban on student cellphone use in elementary and middle schools. The board is reviewing a proposed ban...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Youth-serving group plans to open in 600 block of Main Avenue

As high school students learned to carve turns, ride a lift and pick themselves up after slamming into the snow at Purgatory Resort, their mentors shared lessons about courage, integrity and...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango School District 9-R board asks superintendent to end partial-lunch policy

The Durango School District 9-R board informally agreed Tuesday to change a policy that says students with outstanding lunch debt will receive partial lunches. The decision to change policy came...

DATE: Feb. 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Kay Jewelers closes in Durango Mall

The Durango Mall has lost another tenant, this time Kay Jewelers, which closed in late January as part of a larger corporate plan to shutter storefronts. Signet Jewelers, the parent company of Kay...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Hundreds support petition asking Durango School District to end partial-lunch policy

An online petition asking the Durango School District 9-R board to end its policy of serving partial lunches to students with cafeteria debt has garnered more than 900 signatures. The petition...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango West 1 metro no longer being threatened with dissolution

A metro district serving hundreds of homes 12 miles west of Durango that faced the threat of dissolution in August is now in good standing with the state and expects to save its park, where tennis...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County groups work to avoid an undercount in 2020 census

More than a fifth of La Plata County residents are unlikely to respond to the upcoming census, but a core group of about 20 organizations is working to ensure hard-to-count groups, such as...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Medicare penalizes Mercy Regional Medical Center for post-care complications

Medicare is financially penalizing Mercy Regional Medical Center for high rates of health problems associated with hospital care, such as infections occurring after surgery. The hospital was...

DATE: Feb. 6, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Effort to jump start local insurance pool gains traction in Southwest Colorado

The high cost of health insurance has made it nearly impossible for some small-business owners across Southwest Colorado to offer the benefit to employees, including Peter Schertz, co-owner of...

DATE: Feb. 4, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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