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.
Veteran Wyoming journalist Greg Johnson is managing editor for Cowboy State Daily.
He spent more than seven years in the same role at the Gillette News Record and most recently led the newsroom at the Laramie Boomerang. He’s produced award-winning journalism and has built a reputation with his coverage of Wyoming’s unique landscape, especially coal.
He brings 30 years of experience as a writer and editor covering Western issues and politics.
Outside the office, Greg likes photography, reading and all things sports.
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.
Wendy Corr is a features 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 Cowboy State Daily’s reporter based in Riverton, Wyoming.
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.
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.
Leo Wolfson is Cowboy State Daily’s state political reporter.
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.
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.
Mark Heinz is Cowboy State Daily’s wildlife and public lands reporter.
Mark is a multi-generational native of the Rocky Mountain West — his family is rooted in Midwestern farmers and merchants who began migrating into Colorado in the late 19th and early 20 centuries.
His father, a U.S. Forest Service ranger, decided that by the late 1970s, Colorado was getting too crowded and moved the family to Montana. There, Mark attended both Montana State University and the University of Montana. He graduated from the latter with a journalism degree and began his career at the Dillon Tribune.
Over the years he worked or freelanced for numerous newspapers and magazines in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. He’s also edited several books and published one short fiction story.
Faced with ever-worsening instability in the traditional newspaper industry, he left journalism for a time to work at the University of Wyoming. But an opening for a public lands and wildlife reporter at Cowboy State Daily was too good of an opportunity to pass up, and he came aboard in August 2022.
In his spare time, Mark enjoys hunting, camping and cutting timber for firewood. On the indoor side of things, he likes movies and music ranging from 1980s punk rock to symphonic classical. He’s lived in Wyoming since 2004 and in Laramie since 2013. He and his wife, Kendy, have a blended family of five children and four granddaughters.
Kevin Killough is Cowboy State Daily’s energy reporter based in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Kevin began covering energy in Tioga, North Dakota, during the height of the state’s oil boom. During his time in the state’s Bakken region, he covered the cleanup efforts following the Tesoro Logistics LP pipeline oil spill, the development of one of the area’s first wind farms, and the impacts on small communities when oil prices tanked in 2015. He also lived a few weeks in one of the infamous “man camps” that sprang up all over the oil fields.
He later worked at the Powell Tribune, where he covered agriculture, city government and Northwest College.
Originally from Albuquerque, Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Mexico. He also received a master’s degree in communications from the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.
Kevin is an FAA Part 107 UAS licensed drone pilot, and in his free time, he does aerial photography of Wyoming landscapes. He’s also an avid fiction reader and has read the entire Game of Thrones series twice.
Renée Jean is an award-winning journalist with 30 years of experience across five states.
She has written about a variety of topics over the years, ranging from health and government in Missouri, energy and agriculture in North Dakota and Montana to business in Kansas and now tourism and business in Wyoming.
While in North Dakota she completed coursework to become a master gardener diagnostician. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and reading science fiction, as well as hiking and other adventures. She has two cats. Or rather, she is owned by two cats.
Coy Knobel is Cowboy State Daily’s evening editor.
Coy is a Wyoming native from Fremont County.
He’s a former radio broadcaster and was editor of the Dubois Frontier Newspaper.
Knobel is also the former communications director and chief of staff for the late U.S. Senator Mike Enzi.
He worked for Enzi and Wyoming for more than 24 years and is happy to continue working for and sharing information with the people of our great state.
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.
Ellen Fike is an award-winning general assignment reporter who has been with Cowboy State Daily since late 2019.
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.
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.
Cowboy State Daily Columnists
Rod Miller was born in Rawlins, and raised about forty miles north of there on the ID Ranch. Rod is a proud Rawlins Outlaw, and Outstanding Wrestler of the class of “68.
He has spent half his adult life working on and managing ranches in the West. The other half of his adult life he has pretty much blown on politics and dissolute living.
His columns are informed by what he has done during his adult life.
His favorite color is green, he is 6’4″, with hazel eyes and a grey beard. A Virgo, Miller enjoys quiet evenings at home, sunset walks on the beach, the jazz of Miles Davis and Mexican food that makes his glasses slide down his nose.
Dave Simpson started his newspaper career in 1973 as a reporter for the Laramie Daily Boomerang. He moved on to editing posts at the Rawlins Daily Times and the Casper Star-Tribune. He then published newspapers in Colorado and Illinois for Howard Publications – owners at the time of the Star-Tribune – for 17 years.
Dave has written a weekly column about a wide variety of topics for 39 years, winning top columnist awards in Wyoming, Colorado, Illinois and Nebraska.
He and his wife Caryl are retired and live on an old wheat field east of Cheyenne. Their dog Mitch – the latest in a long line of black Labrador Retrievers – was rescued from the pound in Torrington.
Dave built his log cabin in the Snowy Range of Carbon County in the 1980s, where he spends as much time as possible every summer.
Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning writer and photographer based on a working sheep and cattle outfit in Sublette County. She’s been a columnist with Cowboy State Daily since March 2019.
Involved in journalism in Wyoming for 25 years, Cat has written more than a dozen nonfiction books about the domestic and wild animals that share rangelands in western Wyoming. She is co-owner and editor of The Shepherd magazine, a national sheep industry publication.
An advocate for literacy and libraries, government transparency, and wild working landscapes, Cat is a hard rock headbanger who is currently working on a book celebrating pastoralism around the globe. Her natural habitat includes sagebrush, domestic sheep, livestock guardian dogs, and large carnivores.
Dave Walsh is the longtime voice of the Wyoming Cowboys.
Since 1984, Wyoming Cowboy football and basketball fans have been able to turn on their radios and hear the iconic voice of play-by-play announcer Dave Walsh.
Walsh retired from broadcasting in 2022 but continues his media career here at Cowboy State Daily.
Fans can read his columns published every Friday morning.
In Memoriam: Jim Angell
Perhaps the best-known and most respected name in Wyoming journalism, Jim Angell was the Managing Editor of Cowboy State Daily from January 2019 – July 2022.
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.