A third-generation Wyomingite, Jimmy Orr is the executive editor and co-founder of Cowboy State Daily.
Orr is a longtime journalist who was on the masthead at the Los Angeles Times and the Christian Science Monitor as the Managing Editor, Digital.
In the political arena, Orr served as a spokesman for the White House and directed digital strategy for President George W. Bush and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Prior to these positions, Orr worked for Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer and U.S. Senators Malcolm Wallop, Al Simpson.
He was also the co-founder of “The Sports Show” with ESPN’s Woody Paige and Les Shapiro and was the executive producer of Clay Travis’ “Outkick the Show”.
Orr joined founder Annaliese Wiederspahn in January, 2019 to launch Cowboy State Daily.
Perhaps the best-known and most respected name in Wyoming journalism, Jim Angell is the Managing Editor of Cowboy State Daily.
Angell, who helped launch Cowboy State Daily from day one, has been associated with newspapers in Wyoming, Washington, and Oregon for almost 40 years.
He served as the executive director of the Wyoming Press Association for 20 years and before that worked as a reporter for The Associated Press in Wyoming for 14 years.
He moved to Wyoming in 1985 after working as a reporter for daily newspapers in Washington and Oregon.
Columnist, author, and journalist Bill Sniffin is publisher, emeritus at Cowboy State Daily — the state’s foremost digital daily news platform.
Sniffin, who joined Cowboy State Daily in mid-2019, has a weekly column that appears in more than 20 newspapers and digital services in the state and is exposed to more than 100,000 readers each week. It is the most widely distributed column in Wyoming.
In recent years, Sniffin has also published three coffee table books about Wyoming that have sold over 34,000 copies.
Ellen Fike is an award-winning general assignment reporter who has been with Cowboy State Daily since late 2019.
In 2021, Fike won the “Woman of Influence Award” in the Media and Communications category sponsored by the Wyoming Business Report. The Missouri native and spent her younger years living in a duck camp right outside of Hayti.
She is a 2013 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University and has worked for newspapers and outlets in Kansas and Wyoming, winning other awards along the way.
In her free time, Ellen likes to snuggle her two annoyed cats, participating in the local theater scene and nap.
Jen Kocher is Cowboy State Daily’s investigative journalist based in Gillette, Wyoming.
Hard-hitting, thorough, and relentless, Kocher is a bulldog who prides herself in finding the stories that are challenging, meaningful, and difficult for others to attempt.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Jennifer has lived all over the West and moved to Wyoming just under a decade ago where she’s written for dozens of magazines and publications throughout the state.
With master’s degrees in creative writing and nonfiction and several awards under her belt, she loves writing features and long-form stories as well.
Outside of work, Jennifer loves anything to do with birds, wine, hiking or traveling.
Wendy Corr is a freelance journalist based in Cody, Wyoming. She was named the Wyoming Association of Broadcaster’s News Reporter of the Year (small market) four times while working as the news director for the Big Horn Radio Network, and was picked up by Cheyenne’s KGWN-TV as their northwest Wyoming television correspondent in 2018.
Her reach expanded statewide when Cowboy State Daily picked up her stories in 2019, which is also when KULR-8 out of Billings, Montana started carrying her features. She now contributes print and video pieces to Cowboy State Daily.
Wendy’s career is not limited to news, however. She also is a professional musician, for the last 17 years singing and playing the guitar, bass and fiddle with Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue – a nightly summer performance based out of Cody, but which travels around the country (and internationally), sharing the music of the west.
Additionally, she is the music director for the First Presbyterian Church in Cody.
Wendy is the mother of two grown children, Jackson and Kennedy, who are themselves working towards careers in music.
Clair McFarland is a freelance reporter based in Riverton, Wyoming.
She is a Wyoming Press Association award-winning columnist and journalist, and was a 2021 top poet in the Eugene V. Shea National Poetry Contest.
Clair covers all things Wyoming and is especially drawn to crime, politics, and tribal news. She landed her first column-writing gig for The Ranger newspaper at the age of 11, because her fifth-grade teachers kept sneaking her written work into the editor’s office.
From 2018-2021, Clair reported for The Ranger, the Wind River News and the Lander Journal.
A central-Wyoming resident since birth, Clair loves small-town life and rural grit.
She has four young sons and one bearded husband.
Leo Wolfson comes to Cowboy State Daily possessing a deep love for politics and current affairs. Prior to joining CSD, Leo was a reporter for the Cody Enterprise newspaper in Cody, Wyo for nearly four years. There, he covered local politics, environmental issues, courts and crime, and sports.
With Cowboy State Daily, Leo will be charged with covering the most critical political news in Wyoming including party politics, legislative sessions, and elections.
Leo holds Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he graduated from in 2014.
He has a deep understanding of Wyoming culture and loves the scenic beauty and quality of life offered in the Cowboy State. In his spare time, Leo loves to ski, hike, bike and really anything outdoors as long as it avoids a grizzly bear.
He started his professional journalism career working for two different newspapers in Colorado and spent some time as a TV producer in Vail.
Leo has been interviewed on MSNBC and Wyoming Public Radio for his reporting and recently had an opinion piece published in the Washington Post.
Award-winning photojournalist Mike McCrimmon has been with Cowboy State Daily since the beginning.
McCrimmon picked up his first camera in 1979 and never put it down, honing his craft, capturing people, their stories and the places they live.
Every story is different. Mike’s approach to building a story is not to have preconceived ideas but to let them lead him down the path of their journey.
Being a Wyoming native who lives, works and vacations in this state there is no question the ability to craft stories of wide appeal is matched only by McCrimmon’s enthusiasm to do so.