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 prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Born and raised in North Dakota, she’s traveled to more than 17 countries and 37 states. She has a B.A. from Smith College in sociology and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado. Before settling in Colorado, she worked in book publishing in New York City. Gardner is currently an articles editor at 5280, where she works on long-form narrative pieces and multimedia projects. From gritty investigations to craft beer, her writing focuses on the West.