Matthew Copeland is WyoFile’s chief executive and editor. Copeland brings nearly two decades of management, professional communications and community engagement experience to the role — more than half of it with Wyoming nonprofits. He is an award-winning writer who began his relationship with WyoFile as a freelance reporter. In 2016 he served as WyoFile’s interim editor and was instrumental in rapidly expanding both readership and reader engagement. A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Matthew studied as a Howard Hughes Scholar of the Life Sciences and competed as a student athlete at Penn State, then served a six-year corporate sentence in the internet technology industry. Upon escape he found his way home to Wyoming where he met his wife, started a family and was thoroughly ruined for a life lived anywhere else. Copeland is an avid hunter, angler and wild-country junkie who believes that facts matter, that integrity is non-negotiable, and that nothing is as powerful as a good story well told. Contact:

Angus M. Thuermer Jr. reports about natural resources, criminal justice, federal lands, policy and other issues across the state, topics that have engaged him as a Wyoming journalist for the past 37 years. He lives in Jackson and joined WyoFile in the summer of 2014. He reported and photographed for many years for the Jackson Hole News. He was editor of that paper and of the Jackson Hole News&Guide. He served on the board of the Wyoming Press Association and is a past president of that organization. He is co-owner and photographer of the Jackson Hole Ski Atlas, has volunteered as an obituary editor for the American Alpine Journal, and works with the League of Women Voters to host election forums in Teton County. He settled in Jackson in 1978 after a stint as an alpinist, rock climber and Wyoming oilfield roughneck. He graduated from Yale with a BA in English in 1974 after growing up in the Washington, D.C. area and overseas as a Foreign Service brat. He enjoys fly-fishing, photography, skiing, mountaineering, boating, hunting and wilderness travel where the outcome is uncertain. Contact:

Guy V. Padgett serves as WyoFile’s operations manager. Padgett has long been interested in public life in Wyoming. During his time in Casper, Padgett served on numerous non-profit boards, volunteered as an election judge, and served on the Casper city council, including a term as mayor. He has worked as an Assistant Curator of Education at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, as well as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. Padgett is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, and completed a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Denver in June of 2011. He currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with his husband and their cat. Contact:

Katie Klingsporn is WyoFile’s managing editor. Klingsporn grew up in Lander, where she learned to love the smell of sage and Wyoming’s massive skies. She graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism, and spent the next dozen years working in newspapers in the West, including a 9-year stint at The Daily Planet in Telluride, Colorado. Her freelance work has appeared in  National Geographic Adventure, The Colorado Sun, Adventure Journal, 5280 magazine and The Cleanest Line. She enjoys destroying and rebuilding sentences, mushroom hunting and roaming the high desert with her husband, daughter and their dog, Josey. Contact:

Daniel Kenah is WyoFile’s development director. A graduate of Boston College, he was first drawn to Wyoming to work as a ranch hand near Saratoga, and quickly fell in love with mountains, sage and rolling storms. He spent several years in Jackson skiing, rafting and working in customer service, and also lived in Lander where he managed grants and major giving for the National Outdoor Leadership School. He currently lives in Sheridan with his partner, where he plays the piano, chastises their cats in Spanish and bakes a mean sourdough bread. Contact:

Sophie Komornicki is WyoFile’s membership manager. She is a Chicagoland transplant with a background in public relations and marketing. Prior to joining the WyoFile team, she worked in the areas of outdoor education, venture capital and sustainability-focused brands. She earned a bachelor’s in business administration at Babson College. Depending on the season, you can find her hiking with her dog, skiing or experimenting with new recipes. Contact:

Nick Reynolds is the politics and policy reporter for WyoFile. A native of central New York, he began his career writing about agriculture and local government for his hometown paper before moving onto covering politics and editing an award-winning alternative weekly in Ithaca, New York. Prior to that, he was a student at the State University of New York – College At Brockport, where he graduated in 2015 with a degree in electronic communication and a minor in English. He moved to Wyoming in 2018 to cover the governor’s race for the Casper Star-Tribune and, in two years, won more than a dozen Wyoming Press Association awards. At WyoFile, Reynolds will continue covering politics and government as well as small town resiliency, agriculture, criminal justice and whatever else comes across his desk. He lives in Casper, but will travel. Contact:

Dustin Bleizeffer is a Report for America Corps Member covering education at WyoFile, and an MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative Fellow focusing on climate and transition solutions in Wyoming coal country. He has worked as a coal miner, an oilfield mechanic and for 20 years as a statewide reporter and editor primarily covering the energy industry in Wyoming. He also served as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford, and as WyoFile’s editor-in-chief. He lives in Casper. You can reach him at (307) 267-3327, or follow him on Twitter @DBleizeffer.

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