Bill Sniffin

Bill Sniffin

Columnist, author, and journalist Bill Sniffin is the publisher at Cowboy State Daily — the state’s foremost digital daily news platform.

Sniffin’s column currently 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.

Jimmy Orr

A Wyoming native, Jimmy 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 U.S. Senators Malcolm Wallop, Al Simpson, and Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer.

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.

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.

Ellen Fike

Ellen Fike is a 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 a few awards along the way.

In her free time, Ellen likes to snuggle her two annoyed cats, participating in the local theater scene and nap.

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.