About Me

Places I've lived and worked

I live at the foothills of Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While pursuing my bachelor's degree, I found my passion in design, which has led to my 20-year career in the media and publications industry. While I lived in Florida for 8 years, I was a senior designer at The Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune. Now I lead the creative direction and design for web applications; digital news presentations; and print publications for 3 Colorado news sources working onsite and remotely. I enjoy bringing ideas to life through prototyping and generating solutions to enhance user experience.

What I'm working on

USER RESEARCH ON NEWS MOBILE APP: I'm in the process of conducting user research to analyze how readers engage with premium content via The Denver Gazette's mobile app.
REDESIGN OF NEWS WEBSITE:  I'm starting the preliminary phases of redesigning the homepage for gazette.com.
FITNESS COLUMN: I write a ongoing fitness column called, "Fitness Diaries," for The Gazette in Colorado Springs. I provide readers with advice on how to improve their health and lifestyle, while also sharing my experiences as a nationally certified fitness professional.  

Award-winning work

I designed the three-part investigative series, "Other than Honorable," which received the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting.
Throughout my career, I've been awarded FIRST PLACE honors in design, multimedia presentation and writing from the following national, regional and state competitions:
  • Society of News Design
  • Best of the West
  • Colorado Press Association
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Florida Society of News Editors 

My education

MASTER OF SCIENCE in Information and Communications Technology (2018)
  • University of Denver
  • Concentration in Web Design and Development 
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE in Mass Communications
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo
  • Emphasis in Journalism
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© 2020 Design by Stephanie Swearngin

Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906