Get to know the motley crew of journalists who bring you Cowboy State Daily:

Annaliese Wiederspahn

Annaliese Wiederspahn is publisher of the Cowboy State Daily. She has a deep background in communications focused on politics and public policy. Wiederspahn has worked on both sides of the Fourth Estate, as a journalist and as an aide to leaders and candidates at the local, state and national level.

Wiederspahn holds a masters degree in digital media from Columbia Journalism School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Haverford College. She and her husband, Will, are adoring parents to one little cowpoke named Gus and one incorrigible Spanish Water Dog named Hank.


Jimmy Orr

Jimmy Orr has spent his career in journalism, politics, and communications. In journalism, Orr was on the masthead at the Los Angeles Times as Managing Director, Digital and in a similar capacity for the Christian Science Monitor. In politics, Orr served as White House spokesman and Digital Director for President George W. Bush and had similar duties for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Early in his career, Orr worked for US Senators Al Simpson and Malcolm Wallop, and Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer. In digital communications, Orr was a founding partner with ESPN’s Woody Paige on a national digital sports program and has advised numerous other high profile clients including Fox Sports personality Clay Travis and quick service restaurant chain Taco John’s.


Jim Angell

Jim Angell 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.


Mike McCrimmon

Mike 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.


Cat Urbigkit

Cat Urbigkit pens the weekly reported column Range Writing for Cowboy State Daily from a cattle and sheep outfit in Sublette County.

Involved in journalism for more than two decades, Urbigkit writes nonfiction books about the domestic and wild animals that share the same range in western Wyoming. She is also co-owner and editor of The Shepherd, a national sheep industry magazine.


Ike Fredregill

Born in Cheyenne to an electrician and a carpenter, I spent most of my early life in the construction trades and military. Following a combat tour of Iraq in 2007 and subsequent years readjusting to civilian life, I laid down the sword and returned home to the windswept plains of Wyoming to pick up the pen in hopes of sharing a soldier’s perspective with the world. 

I attended Laramie County Community College, where I had the privilege of studying under Rosalind “Roz” Schliske, an award-winning journalism instructor who introduced me to the world of muckraking through the college’s nationally recognized newspaper, Wingspan. 

Between working at the Laramie Boomerang, a daily newspaper in Laramie, Wyoming, and freelancing for the state’s two largest papers — The Casper Star Tribune and the Wyoming Tribune Eagle — I discovered a love for feature-length storytelling, specifically focused on veterans.

With Cowboy State Daily, I am able to continue my coverage of veterans news as well as explore the limits of Wyoming governments’ claims to transparency. Through my series about the state’s checkbook, I dive into the numbers that keep this great state running. At the end of the day, I am proud to be a part of the watchdog industry, the fourth estate, the voices of the nation dubbed — journalists.