Hard worker, always got story right

Mike is a hard worker. When I was assistant city editor, I could always count on him to produce good copy. He was open to ideas and suggestions, worked well on his own and in a group, and was an all-around nice person to collaborate with on stories and special projects.

While I was at the Forest Service in a public information officer capacity, Mike was a fair and balanced journalist who always got the story right. He was attentive to detail and cared about how the organization would be affected by his story. As a former journalist/PIO, that meant a lot to me. — Sally Spaulding, Public Relations Consultant

Thorough, conscientious

Mike is a thorough, conscientious reporter who strives to truly understand the issues he’s communicating to the public.

His wide experience in print and broadcast makes him a versatile journalist and he’s adept at meeting deadlines and producing enterprising content, which he did as a bureau reporter.

I had the pleasure of working with Mike to cover several issues (public lands, water, energy, fires) and I always found him to be incredibly professional, polite and easy to collaborate with on projects. — Erin McIntyre, co-publisher, Ouray County (CO) Plaindealer newspaper

Versatile, advanced abilities

As a public relations practitioner – I have had the opportunity to observe and interact with Mike McKibbin for more than 10 years.

He is a versatile journalist and effective public relations content creator who is committed to continuously learning the ever-changing technologies used in the story-telling field.

His abilities regarding writing, investigating, researching, editing and synthesizing complex issues into graspable, compelling concise copy are advanced.

Mike is intelligent and proficient at getting to the heart of the matter in whatever he is explaining to his audience, as well as capable of meeting fast-turn deadlines without sacrificing quality. He can be personable and caring or courageous and tough depending on what is best for a situation.

I recommend Mike to anyone who needs well done reporting or storytelling. — Joe Marquez, Public Relations/Information Professional

Fair & balanced, good listener

In his work with the Citizen Telegram, Mike provided fair and balanced coverage of the energy industry.

He was always willing to listen and asked good questions. Mike also followed up to ensure he had a proper understanding of technical aspects of the business before going to press. — Doug Hock, Communications Consultant at Doug Hock Communications, LLC


Skill, passion for compelling articles

I followed Mike’s career as a journalist in both Garfield and Mesa Counties while I was director of the Garfield County Library System. He covered issues important to the libraries and the local area with skill and passion.

His ability to research, interview sources and write a compelling article made him a journalist to follow.

All of these skills — attention to detail, in-depth research, interacting with people successfully and excellent writing skills — make Mike an excellent employee and someone who could easily cross over to … any field involving research, writing, and public interaction. More recently, he has moved forward with technology as well. ….  — Jaci Spuhler, Digital Archivist