Kylea Henseler covers county government for the Ouray County Plaindealer in Ouray, Colorado. Before this, she reported on Miami Beach city government for Miami Today, and pitched in on feature stories about education, health, transportation and the environment. A graduate of the University of Miami, she was the executive editor of Distraction, a student-run lifestyle magazine, and contributed photos and reporting on a variety of topics, including the struggles of new teachers, the lineage of local drag families and volunteers who turned a Miami dump into a mountain bike park. In her downtime, Henseler enjoys training jujitsu and biking.
The Ouray County Plaindealer publishes a weekly paper and its news site and e-newsletter also provide vital, reliable information to this rural part of Colorado. Maintaining high standards for accuracy and fairness, its goal is to contribute to a vibrant, informed community by serving a narrow niche—primarily covering news in a county of 5,000. The publishers were recognized with the Colorado Society of Professional Journalists’ Keeper of the Flame Award in 2021 for their tenacious advocacy for the public’s right to know and hold government accountable.
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