Amy Maestas


Senior Editor,  The Durango Herald (Colorado)

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Amy Maestas is senior editor at The Durango Herald in Durango, Colorado. She oversees three community newspapers in Southwest Colorado and is founder of DGO, a weekly arts, entertainment and culture magazine. Maestas also directs editorial coverage of Adventure Pro, an online-only outdoor adventure magazine. She joined The Herald 20 years ago as a reporter covering city government, politics, business and public lands. She has won multiple state, regional and national journalism awards and in 2012 was a fellow with the Maynard Media Academy at the Nieman Foundation. Maestas traveled to Turkey, Armenia and Uganda with the International Center for Journalists as part of a newsroom exchange program. In addition, she has worked as a general assignment reporter at the Deseret News, as managing editor of an alternative weekly and as an assistant editor of a bank investment trade magazine, all in Salt Lake City. Maestas earned a journalism and mass communication degree from the University of Utah and is president-elect of the Society of Professional Journalists Colorado Pro.