For­mer Post edi­tor, CPR host was tough, fair, ten­der­hearted

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Aldo Svaldi

For­mer Den­ver Post edi­tor and Colorado Pub­lic Ra­dio host Dan Mey­ers took on many chal­lenges dur­ing a long ca­reer in jour­nal­ism and in pub­lic re­la­tions.

But he never lost his sense of cu­rios­ity, com­pas­sion or hu­mor, even as he fought an eight-year bat­tle with colon cancer. Mey­ers died Mon­day morn­ing at home in Philadel­phia. He was 65.

Mey­ers de­vel­oped a repu- tation as a pro­lific and tough city hall re­porter at the Philadel­phia Inquirer. He moved to Colorado as the Inquirer’s bureau chief and joined The Post in 1995, where he edited busi­ness, po­lit­i­cal and in­ves­tiga­tive news for a decade.

“He was one of the best edi­tors that I worked with at the Den­ver Post. He asked smart ques­tions and was able to work with our words re­ally well,” said Mark Couch, who re­placed Mey­ers as di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions at the Univer­sity of Colorado School of Medicine.

Mey­ers also had a rep­u­ta­tion for fair­ness. In 1997, he served as jury fore­man in the trial of Peter Sch­mitz, a Ger­man painter ac­cused of driv­ing a speed­ing BMW that rear ended an­other ve­hi­cle at 110 mph, killing Rocky Moun­tain News columnist Greg Lopez.

The jury con­cluded there wasn’t enough ev­i­dence to prove it was Sch­mitz who was driv­ing and not Boettcher heir Spicer Bree­den, who com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter the crash.

Mey­ers car­ried the gruff de­meanor of a hard­ened edi­tor and he would bel­low out “Not ac­cept­able!” when un­happy with a re­porter’s work, said Michelle Fulcher, who worked with him at both The Post and CPR.

When push came to shove, re­porters said he had their backs. He was known for his sense of hu­mor, which would break out in a loud laugh, and for his com­pas­sion to­ward any­one in a tough spot.

Mey­ers left The Post in 2005 to work as a pro­ducer and sec­ond host of “Colorado Mat­ters” on CPR, where he ap­plied both his grav­elly voice and in­ves­tiga­tive skills. Among his in­no­va­tions was a monthly in­ter­view with the gov­er­nor that con­tin­ues still.

Meyer’s life took a dra­matic turn in 2008 when he sought treat­ment for a shoul­der in­jury, only to dis­cover he had colon cancer.

In Novem­ber 2009, he took a job as com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor at the CU School of Medicine in Aurora, and three years later he be­came spokesman for the An­schutz Med­i­cal cam­pus.

While at CU, Mey­ers han­dled a flood of calls from around the globe af­ter the Aurora Theater shoot­ing in 2012. The shooter, James Holmes, was a stu­dent at the An­schutz cam­pus, and many of his vic­tims were treated at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal.

He moved back to Philadel­phia last year.

Mey­ers is sur­vived by his son, Jack­son Lee Mey­ers of Den­ver, and his for­mer wife, Son­dra Lee of Cal­i­for­nia.

Long­time friend Adam Carmel said Mey­ers, ever so­cial, wanted to bring his wide cir­cle of friends to­gether one last time. Plans are un­der­way for a gath­er­ing in Den­ver to cel­e­brate his life.

For­mer Den­ver Post edi­tor Dan Mey­ers died Mon­day at his home in Philadel­phia. Den­ver Post file

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