Natasha Gardner is an award-winning writer and editor living in Denver, Colorado. She was named a finalist for a 2012 National Magazine Award in the public interest category for “Direct Fail,” an expose of Colorado’s “direct file” policy of sending juveniles to adult prison. Her investigation of the Colorado foster care system (“Unwanted”) received multiple awards, including a Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Gardner is currently an articles editor at 5280.