Another Political Reporter Leaves The Denver Post

(Promoted by Colorado Pols — this could have a direct impact on Colorado politics because Lee was covering CD-6 for the Post)

Denver Post political reporter Kurtis Lee announced via Twitter today that he'll be leaving The Post Wednesday for a job covering politics on the Los Angeles Times' new real-time news desk.

"It's been a great three years here at The Post," Lee told me via email. "I'm so grateful to have worked with so many amazingly talented reporters, editors and photographers–and to do it for a newspaper I grew up reading has been awesome. The Post will always be a must read for me."

Lee's new job is focused on online journalism, but Lee will work across platforms, he said.

Lee, who was born and raised in Colorado Springs, started at The Post in Feb 2011. His work was quickly thrust under the microscope, as he covered the state legislature, the contested 6th Congressional District race, the 212 presidential campaign, the Aurora massacre, and other political flashpoints in Colorado.

In a memo to staff, The Post's Politics Editor Chuck Plunkett praised Lee's reporting and wrote that Lee has been on the "leading edge of The Post's efforts to function as a 24/7 news organization. His use of social media, blog posts and video journalism is as powerful as the best in the business."

"I applaud the good sense of the LAT in snaring Kurtis Lee," wrote Plunkett, "and regret that I will be deprived of working with this promising young journalist going forward. But we are lucky in that we work in an industry that wishes to see its players do well. And this move should be a great opportunity for Kurtis to do just that."

6 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. gumshoe says:

    Good riddance. 

  2. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Kurtis Lee did some good investigative reporting, as well as some mediocre stuff. I'm sad to see him go.

    • DaninDenDaninDen says:

      Agree- more news reporting, not less. Even though I'm not familar w/ his work, someone in LA thinks he is worth hiring. Newspapers are an item to founding fathers , Const.

  3. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Dammit! There goes another of the better writers at the Pest. All of the best people they have are either being lured away by other papers or hired as spokesmouths for politicians/ lobbying organizations. Tim Hoover's gone; Allison Sherry; Kevin Flynn. Is the paper trying to shed all of their decent reporters so no one will miss it when it finally dies?

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Well, looks like it's now gotten down to pretty much the last Bartels standing . . . 

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