I am a Denver-based journalist and teacher who has traveled from New Hampshire, my home state, to places like Montana, Chicago, New Mexico, and beyond in pursuit of great stories. I’ve worked throughout my career to craft sharp nonfiction narratives and share them with diverse audiences. You can read a selection of my work here.  

In my role at the LOR Foundation, I write, edit, and assign stories about rural issues and help connect western communities with innovative solutions, while also teaching journalism courses at the Colorado Community College system. Previously, I worked as the digital associate editor at 5280, Denver’s award-winning city magazine, where I continue to contribute as a freelancer.

My writing has appeared in a variety of other outlets, including Outside Magazine, where in 2017 I worked as an editorial fellow and later freelanced. My writing has also been published by the Denver Post, High Country News, the Good Men Project, the New Hampshire Union Leader, the Helena Independent Record, the Taos News, and U.S. Catholic.Race to the Bottom,” my feature chronicling Colorado’s 2020 U.S. Senate race, won first prize from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Top of the Rockies awards.

As a reporter I have covered a breadth of topics including city and state politics, religion, education, natural resources, infrastructure, and adventure sports. I’ve written about very large mountains, urgent news events, and gas station hot dogs.  As an editor I am experienced managing digital growth, overseeing social media strategy, and managing freelance writers, photographers, and videographers.

I am a proud graduate of Carroll College in Helena, Montana (class of ’15), where I studied English and political science and began a decade-long journey in the Mountain West. In 2016, I earned a Master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. In my free time I enjoy skiing, baseball, fishing badly, and, lately, restoring a small sailboat.

Get in touch: jmlbouchard@gmail.com  

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