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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Local volunteers work to improve lives of Guatemalans

While Americans struggle to reform a complex and expensive health care system, Larry and Sandy Turner are working to fill the most basic health care needs of impoverished villagers in Guatemala....

DATE: Feb. 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oxbow bird study raises questions about effect of 416 Fire smoke

Smoke from the 416 Fire may have negatively affected birds in the 38-acre Oxbow Preserve last summer near northern Durango city limits. Researchers and volunteers captured 166 birds in the...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

FLC’s diversity coordinator gives students a soft place to land

Nancy Stoffer left the University of Kansas her sophomore year, because, as a lesbian in her first relationship, she felt disconnected from the school. “I felt if I was to pursue that part of my...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Vallecito snowblower race a test of speed

Many residents have honed their snow-moving skills in the last few days, and next weekend about a dozen could put their talents to the test at the Vallecito Lake Snowblower Race. “It started out...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Survey: Coloradans skipping health care because of high cost

Durangoans Jan and Greg Phillips paid more than $24,000 in health care premiums last year for insurance they purchased through Rocky Mountain Health Plans. “Each year it keeps getting worse,” Jan...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

New group aims to bridge rural-urban divide, political polarization

A new group is aiming to bridge the rural-urban divide in La Plata County and foster more conversation around divisive issues, such as the county’s land-use code. La Plata Civil Dialogue was...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Wrist surgery puts retired coach back in play

Bob Hofman coached the Fort Lewis College Skyhawks to numerous basketball titles during his tenure, but a surgery to ease his pain kept him from shooting hoops for decades. Hofman lost all the...

DATE: Feb. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Monica Lewinsky to share story of surviving cyberbullying in Durango

Monica Lewinsky describes herself as “patient zero” for losing her personal reputation on a global scale. In April during a visit to Durango, the former White House intern who had a sexual...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county may spend $70,000 on strategic plan to address homelessness

A government-led plan that could identify long-term solutions for homeless residents in Durango may get started this year after a lengthy delay because of the 416 Fire. Durango city councilors and...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bill aims to lower state health exchange costs by 30 percent

A bill pending in the Colorado Legislature could lower insurance premiums for those who purchase insurance through the state health exchange. In La Plata County, about 3,000 people purchased...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy hospital’s parent organization part of mega merger

Mercy Regional Medical Center is now part of the nation’s largest nonprofit health system by revenue. The hospital is one of 142 in the new nonprofit Catholic health system formed by the recent...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homeless coalition mum on progress

Camping on public lands has been at the center of a heated debate for several years in Durango as residents and public officials grapple with insufficient shelter for people who are homeless. To...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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