A journalist and lawyer, Bruce Finley has investigated local, national and international issues with on-site reporting in more than 40 countries. In his position as a staff writer for the Denver Post, he is focusing on environment-related news including water challenges, the oil and gas boom and wildfire.
His work led inside Iraq on multiple assignments – under dictator Saddam Hussein (2000); during the U.S. invasion as a roving “un-embedded” reporter (March-April 2003); then attached to combat units south of Baghdad and on Iraq’s northwestern steppe (2005) and at Diwaniyah (2008). After the 9/11 attacks, Finley worked around the Arab world from Yemen to Syria, in the Pakistan-Afghanistan borderlands and Africa.
He lives in Colorado where he grew up. He graduated from Stanford University and earned master degrees in international relations as a Fulbright scholar in Britain and in journalism at Northwestern University. He went to law school at University of Denver, earning his J.D. in 2012 and joining the Colorado Bar.
Finley has won numerous journalism awards and was part of the Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize in 2000 for coverage of the Columbine High School massacre. He began with the Associated Press and has contributed to The Economist, CNN and other media. He moved to Africa in 1991 where, from a base in Zimbabwe, he traveled around the continent as a correspondent supplying several U.S. newspapers.
Beyond journalism, Finley has guest-taught block courses at The Colorado College and worked on a water project in rural Haiti. He’s a member of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations. He received a national journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan and served as a Next Generation Fellow on the New York-based American Assembly’s 2008 project to rethink U.S. relations with the rest of the world.
A Spanish-speaker, longtime soccer player and mountaineer, he enjoys skiing, traveling and camping with his family.
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