Steve McMillan Editor, Public Policy The Denver Post Email: smcmillan@Denverpost.com Website: www.Denverpost.com For the past 15 years, Steve McMillan has worked as a journalist at The Denver Post, Colorado’s largest multi-platform media company. Currently serving as the paper’s editor of public policy, McMillan is responsible for a team of reporters covering education, immigration and transportation, as well as handling certain online projects and developing eBook content. He appears as one of four news anchors on DPTV, The Post’s online, noon newscast.
As Business Editor at The Post from July 2007 until December 2011, McMillan oversaw a print and online section that provided fast, accurate, must-read information and analysis. He spearheaded business news coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver in 2008, the buyout of Qwest Communications and the local impact of the subprime mortgage crisis and the 2008 market meltdown. His staff won Society of American Business Editor and Writer awards for real estate, features, projects and enterprise reporting competing against the largest news organizations in the country. He launched features such as The Denver Post Business Person of the Year and an annual, data-driven analysis of the compensation of top executives of Colorado’s publicly traded companies.
Recently, he has worked with ICOSA magazine editor Jan Mazotti, co-hosting radio and Web/TV programs on the foreclosure crisis, food-borne illness and the Center for the New Energy Economy at Colorado State University.
Born in Philadelphia, McMillan attended St. Joseph’s University for two years before taking a year-long sabbatical to work on farms in Biggsville, Ill., and Mediapolis, Iowa.
“I learned how to chisel plow corn and soybean fields and take care of hogs as big as baby elephants,” he said. “It was like risking death slopping around in the pens carrying a feed bucket for those voracious pigs.”
McMillan enrolled at the University of Iowa, where he worked for the student newspaper The Daily Iowan, and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism and sociology. He moved to Colorado, eventually locating in the heart of oil shale country to cover the boomtowns of Rifle, Parachute and Battlement Mesa for the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. Although fishing in the Flattops Wilderness Area on “Black Sunday,” the day the industry collapsed, he recovered quickly and spent the next year writing about the demise of oil shale and the energy industry in Colorado.
In 1994, McMillan became the business editor at the Albuquerque Journal, where he spent the next three years directing business coverage for New Mexico’s largest news operation. While in the “Land of Enchantment,” he volunteered as a member of the National Ski Patrol and spent time exploring the culturally diverse environment, including its many Native American Indian pueblos and rich Hispanic heritage so engagingly illustrated in works such as The Milagro Beanfield War, by Taos, N.M., writer John Nichols and Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop.
“Journalists record the first draft of history, and I love being part of that,” said McMillan. “Then there are great authors like Nichols and Cather who add the literary magic that brings history, culture and the people who populate our communities and world to life.”
McMillan lives with his wife, Anne, in Centennial, Colo. He has three sons, Matt, Marc and Mike. He served for five years on the board of Swallow Hill Music Association in Denver, including a year as president. His garage band Six Degrees lasted for two years, specializing in classic rock and blues. While his guitar playing is sporadic at this point, we all know that “Rust Never Sleeps,” to pan a Neil Young album.
McMillan’s most recently read book: Steve Jobs’s biography.
What’s on his iPod: Bob Marley, Junior Kimbrough, Railroad Earth, Bob Dylan and Tom Morello.
Interests: Avid skier and outdoorsman.
Books: Co-author of a visitor guide to the Colorado National Monument, which is available at the iTunes store.
Other: Serves as the professional adviser for the University of Colorado at Denver student newspaper the Advocate.