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Joe Hanel

Manager of Public Policy Outreach

Joe oversees the Colorado Health Institute's interactions with public officials and the news media. His job is to communicate analysis by CHI's experts in a way that's accessible and useful for people who are not health policy specialists. 

As a member of the communications team, Joe writes and edits many of CHI's reports and builds graphics and presentations to help communicate CHI's work visually. He also performs original research on the insurance market, the Colorado legislature and U.S. Congress. 

Joe came to CHI after 19 years in newspapers, the last nine as The Durango Herald’s Denver bureau chief, covering the legislature, federal courts, statewide campaigns and natural resources issues. He reported from national political conventions in New York City; Denver; St. Paul, Minn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. for the Herald. Apart from the political beat, he filed stories from Paradox, Colo., on the uranium industry; and Hangzhou, China, on the supply chain for bicycles.

Joe also worked as a page designer and copy editor for the Rocky Mountain News, as news editor at the Longmont Daily Times-Call and graphics editor at the Greeley Tribune. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has lived in Colorado since age 5 and attended Bear Creek High School.

Joe has master's degree in international affairs, with an emphasis in international energy policy, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. He spent one academic year in Bologna, Italy.

In the summer of 2011, Joe wrestled alligators in the San Luis Valley and summited the Crestone Needle within a 48-hour span, but these days, he’s lucky to survive a jog around the lake. Joe and his wife, Anna, live in Lakewood. They have two kids.

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