Area Photographer Frames Colorado River in Hopeful Light

Denver-area photojournalist David Showalter’s new book, Living River, documents the people and ecosystems that thrive along and sustain the Colorado River. Photo of Colorado River by David Showalter

The Colorado River supplies water to over 40 million people in the U.S. West and in parts of Mexico. It sustains multiple ecosystems as well as major agriculture operations. Its levels have also fallen to worrisome lows due to a megadrought that began over twenty years ago.

While much reporting focuses on the implications for humans who source water from the river, a new book out from Arvada-based conservation photographer Dave Showalter focuses on the river itself and the life it sustains. Showalter joined Shannon Young in-studio to tell us about Living Rivers.


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Alexis Kenyon is an experienced radio reporter with more than 15 years of experience creating compelling, sound-rich radio stories for news outlets across the country. Kenyon has master's degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism in radio broadcast and photojournalism. She has worked in KGNU's news department since 2021 as a reporter, editor, and daily news producer. In all her work, she strives to produce thought-provoking, trustworthy journalism that makes other people's stories feel personal. In addition to audio production, Kenyon runs KGNU's news internship program and oversees the department's digital engagement.

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