The Colorado Independent is a nonprofit, independent media organization reporting news via its online website that was started in July 2006 and "born again" in September 2013 under new, Colorado-based management.
The Colorado Independent covers state politics and policy issues such as the economy, education, the environment, energy development, criminal justice, social justice, gay rights and reproductive rights with a focus on criminal-justice issues. The Independent sees the role of journalism as a public trust. It strives to produce the most important, most informative, most intelligent, most compelling and fairest journalism in Colorado. It aims to serve readers and communities throughout the state with this simple idea: “The only bias we have is for good journalism." "The goal is to make impact, to inspire action by moving readers on important issues with stories that provide missing context, unearth buried facts, and amplify unheard voices,” according to its mission statement.