Emma Athena

Emma Athena

Emma Athena is a freelance journalist based in Colorado. She investigates the intersection of policy, place and people.

‘We have the watch’: Stories from inside NORAD on 9/11

By: - September 8, 2021

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supervised the excavation of Cheyenne Mountain, a peak pimpled with rocky outcrops and shaded by evergreen trees southwest of Colorado Springs. They pulled out the mountain’s innards and paved over the gravelly cavern, dividing the space into high-tech offices for U.S. military […]

Threats, election audit requests though infrequent are reported in Colorado

By: - June 26, 2021

Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced last week temporary new rules that narrow who can access and audit voting equipment in Colorado. The emergency rules came in response to unprecedented third-party requests for access to county voting equipment used in the 2020 elections, Griswold said. In some cases, Griswold told CNN this week, “Our local […]