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Losing Ground
I-News Losing Ground Report
Community Conversation

Monday, March 4, 2013 5-8 p.m.
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library

For more information contact the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, 720-865-2401.

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About the Losing Ground Report | The Team | Areas of Investigation | Community Events | Timeline, Video, eBook | About I-News

About the Losing Ground Report

"Losing Ground" presents a compelling, disturbing portrait of a state where black and Latino residents are falling further and further behind their white counterparts. That state is Colorado.

I-News journalists analyzed six decades of reports from the U.S. Census Bureau to track the state's poverty rates, family income, high school and college graduation rates and home ownership. The analysis uncovered surprising racial and ethnic disparities. Minority gains made during the era of the civil rights movement eroded with time. Colorado evolved from a state that was by most measures more equitable than the national average in the first decades covered by the analysis to one that is less so now. Losing Ground is the culmination of 18 months of investigative reporting done by a veteran team of award-winning journalists at the I-News Network, the public service journalism arm of Rocky Mountain PBS.

The Team

Laura Frank, founder and executive director, is a Denver native whose work has been recognized in both broadcast and print, including a Top 10 Pulitzer finalist and an Emmy award for public television documentary production. Her research-based reporting has helped change laws and lives.

Burt Hubbard, editorial director, is well-known in the journalism world for his data analysis skills. He is enshrined in the Scripps Howard Editorial Hall of Fame and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Joe Mahoney, multimedia director, is a two-time Pulitzer-winning photographer, Emmy-winning documentary producer and journalism trainer. He began his career at The Associated Press and worked as a Rocky Mountain News photographer for a decade.

Jim Trotter, program director, has edited Pulitzer Prize-winning articles and an Emmy-winning documentary. He’s been a metro newspaper columnist and a public affairs TV show editorial director. He was senior editor for enterprise at The Rocky Mountain News, then oversaw enterprise reporting in 13 western states for The Associated Press.

Kevin Vaughan, senior reporter, is known for his narrative storytelling skills. He has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist and reported many of Colorado’s most important news stories during two decades as a reporter at four Colorado newspapers: The Fort Morgan Times, The Coloradoan in Fort Collins, The Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post.

Ann Carnahan Espinola, contributing reporter, was part of a Rocky Mountain News team whose coverage of a fatal wildfire was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. She has won numerous awards and was the first Rocky Mountain News reporter to be inducted into the Scripps Howard Editorial Hall of Fame.

Areas of Investigation

Learn more about the Areas of Investigation. Each section has text, video and pictures for you to explore.

Colorado’s MinoritiesColorado’s Minorities
The story you read here is the reality in Colorado today. But the state's residents don't have to resign themselves to a future of ever-widening disparities. There are steps that can be taken - individually and as a matter of public policy - that experts agree can begin to turn the trend in the other direction. It won't be easy and it won't be quick, but it can be done. Photo from The Denver Public Library collection.

Disintegrating FamilyDisintegrating Family
National experts and community activists and politicians say the rise of the single parent household and the number of children born to single mothers are major factors in the widening disparities between the races. Photo by Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network.

Changing EconomyChanging Economy
Once lucrative manufacturing jobs in Colorado have declined sharply since the 1980s as employers such as CF&I Steel, Samonsite and Gates Rubber have cutback employment or closed shop. An I-News Network analysis of 60 years of U.S. Census data and other information reveals how the decline in jobs that were an entry to the middle class has hit minority workers disproportionately. Photo by Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network.

Health DisparitiesHealth Disparities
Despite immense gains made in overall health in recent decades, African Americans and Latinos still lag far behind whites in Colorado in a host of measures. Photo by Joe Mahoney/The I-News Network.


Losing Ground: The Voices
Losing Ground: The Voices

Minority gains made during the 1960s and 1970s have eroded with time, an I-News Network analysis of six decades of demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau found.

Community Events Times/Locations

I-News at Rocky Mountain PBS is hosting community conversations across Colorado regarding the
findings presented in Losing Ground. Please join us for one or more of these discussions and check for additional listings and details.

Monday, February 25, 7-9 p.m. – Fort Collins
Colorado State University
Lory Student Center, East Ballroom
For more information contact Lee Nagle: 970-491-6614.
Co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Thursday, February 28, 5:30-7 p.m. – Colorado Springs
Tim Gill Center for Public Media, 315 E. Costilla St.
For more information contact Keanna Smith: 719-418-5851.

Monday, March 4, 5-8 p.m. – Denver
Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library
2401 Welton St., Community Room
For more information contact Hadiya Evans: 720-865-2411.

Thursday, March 21, 5:30-7 p.m. – Pueblo
Colorado State University, Pueblo Campus
Occhiato University Center, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Aspen Leaf Room
(parking next to the Center in lots N-2 and N-3)
For more information call Trisha Pocius: 719-543-8800.

Monday, April 1, 12:30-1:45 p.m. – Denver
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Auraria Campus, Tivoli Student Union, Room 320
(paid parking in 7th Street Garage)
For more information, contact Dr. Grady-Willis: 303-556-3119.
Co-sponsored by African/African American Studies, MSU, Denver Student Activities, Chicana/o Studies, Political Science and Institute for Women’s Studies and Services

Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m. – Denver
History Colorado Center
1200 Broadway (12th Avenue at Broadway)
$5 general public admission
RSVP Encouraged, 303-866-4686.
The final program in History Colorado's five-part "FWD: 1963-2013" series, Laura Frank (I-News RMPBS) joins Dr. Vincent Harding and other notable speakers to discuss what's ahead for civil rights in the program "The Lasting Legacy of 1963. What Now?"





About I-News

I-News produces in-depth journalism that no other newsroom in the state can do. We're a nonprofit news service, so we collaborate with the most respected news outlets in Colorado to deliver high-impact journalism to millions of Coloradans. Together, we're filling the void in serious public-interest journalism, and bringing more in-depth news to the places you already look for your news: Your newspaper, radio, television, computer and digital device.

Our partners include Rocky Mountain PBS, Colorado Public Radio, KUSA, The Denver Post and virtually every daily newspaper in Colorado, plus ethnic and emerging media.

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