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Jeff Bear began his journalism career in 2003 as a graphic designer and sports reporter at the Weekly Register Call in Central City, Colorado. In 2007 he began working at the Canyon Courier in Evergreen, Colorado, as a graphic designer, but soon transferred into the editorial department where he worked as a copy editor and sport reporter under Editor Doug Bell.
After a stint as a graphic designer at American Classifieds in 2009-10, Bear began working in 2011 as a copy editor at the Arizona Daily Sun, in Flagstaff. While at the Daily Sun, Bear was tabbed by Editor Randy Wilson to report on local sports including Northern Arizona University and Olympic medalists training in Flagstaff for the 2012 Olympics.
In 2013 Bear began working at the Red Rock News in Sedona, Arizona, where he was an assistant editor and sports editor. In 2014 Bear moved to Aspen, Colorado, where he was a copy editor and reporter writing about environmental issues and nonprofit organizations.
In 2017 Bear began working as a copy editor at the Aspen Times, then transferred a year later to the Times’ sister publication, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, where he now works as a copy editor and columnist, and writes profiles about outstanding locals and Arts and Entertainment.
Bear has two grown daughters, Angela and Jessica, and lives with his wife Nina in Carbondale, Colorado. He is a singer and guitarist, an avid cyclist and hiker, and enjoys camping with family and friends in the Colorado outdoors.
October 21, 2021 - Jeff Bear column: Life lessons learned through running cross-country