Lee Ann Colacioppo, née Fleet,[1] is an American journalist who in 2016 became the first female editor in chief of The Denver Post.[2]


Colacioppo is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School (Denver)[3] and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.[4] Before joining The Post, she was an editor at The Des Moines Register.[5] She worked for The Post for 17 years—city editor, investigations editor and news editor—before her elevation to the top editorship. She had a leading role in the newspaper's Pulitzer Prize-winning 2012 Aurora shooting coverage; for that story, The Post won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.[2]

She succeeded Gregory L. Moore, The Post's top editor for 14 years, on May 30, 2016.[2]

On June 28, 2016, Denver alternative newspaper Westword reported that The Post had newsroom layoffs after buyouts of 20 journalists failed to reach the newspaper's target of 26 job cuts in the newsroom.[6]


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  2. ^ a b c "Lee Ann Colacioppo named Editor of The Denver Post". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  3. ^ "Congrats to TJ alumna Lee Ann Colacioppo... - Thomas Jefferson High School | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  4. ^ "SJMC grad Lee Ann Colacioppo has been... - Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  5. ^ "Former Register editor to head Denver Post". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  6. ^ Roberts, Michael (2016-06-28). "The Denver Post Layoffs Have Begun After Buyouts Fell Short". Retrieved 2016-07-02.

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