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: [email protected]
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: [email protected]
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: [email protected].
Andrew Graham is a recent graduate of the University of Montana’s masters program in environmental journalism. A native of Maryland, he brings a fresh eye to Wyoming, and has a keen interest in how natural resource industries affect not just the landscape but also the people and culture that gather around them. His first story for WyoFile was an investigative report on oil pipelines under rivers, a pivotal experience that led him to pursue in-depth reporting. When not working, he likes to ski, drive long distances and explore new country. Contact: [email protected].
Samantha Case is a recent graduate from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Women’s Studies. Throughout her time in college, Samantha participated in several volunteer and work opportunities centered around women’s rights, including an internship working in Denver with women exiting the commercial sex industry. In 2017, she launched a non-profit organization to encourage women in Wyoming to run for public office. Having grown up in the state, Samantha is passionate for its vast blue skies, extraordinary outdoors and unique opportunities. On her free time, Samantha enjoys writing, fleeing for the woods and traveling.
Dustin Bleizeffer is WyoFile’s energy and policy reporter, now on leave till June 2017. He is WyoFile’s former editor-in-chief, a position he accepted in 2010 after working as energy reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune for 10 years. He hails from Gillette, Wyoming, where he worked several years in the coal mining and oilfield service industry. He has reported on the coal-bed methane gas boom in the Powder River Basin from the onset of the development in the late 1990s, and its bust in the late 2000s. His work includes a 2008 series on the failings of Wyoming’s workers’ compensation program. He traveled to China in 2009 and 2014 to write about international efforts to address climate change, coal mine safety, and conversion of coal into synthetic products. In 2010 he traveled to Berlin with the American Council on Germany to report on international energy strategies. He contributes to the Power to the People blog. He is a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow for the 2016-17 program at Stanford University in California where he’ll research a major new editorial project for WyoFile. Bleizeffer is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wyoming. He lives in Casper. Contact: [email protected] or (307) 267-3327. Follow Dustin on Twitter @DBleizeffer.