Published: Dec. 12, 2022

Seven CMCI journalism students, with the help of established journalists in the field, are shining a light on the undercovered impacts of the Marshall Fire through a recently published investigation.

In terms of structures lost, the Marshall Fire was the most destructive fire in Colorado history. Beginning Dec. 30, 2021, the Marshall Fire destroyed 1,084 homes and commercial properties within a 10-square-mile burn area. The number of standing homes damaged by the fire and smoke is less clear, but for these homeowners, recovery has been an arduous, seemingly never-ending process. This fall, journalism students focused on sharing the stories of these homeowners. 

The students conducted their reporting during an immersive journalism course created by Boulder Reporting Lab publisher Stacy Feldman and Hillary Rosner, a science journalist, teaching assistant professor of journalism and assistant director of the Center for Environmental Journalism.

In the pop-up newsroom, students teamed up with KUNC investigative reporter Robyn Vincent and interviewed more than 60 people. On Wednesday, their work appeared in the Boulder Reporting Lab and KUNC during NPR programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Explore the reporting compiled by students Anthony Albidrez, Ali Branscombe, Amber Elise Carlson, Josh Couture, Helen Driesen, Elise Ertl and Zain Iqbal.