Teri Metallo was born in Northern Virginia, the second of four children. She remembers her mother, who wrote occasional columns, taking her by local newspapers in Leesburg, Virginia, to drop off her articles. The printing presses were always a fascination to Teri, even at a young age.
Beginning her newspaper career cleaning the offices of the Douglas County News Press in Castle Rock, Colorado, at the age of 16, Teri went on to work in the mailrooms of the Washington Post, the Denver Post, the Rocky Mountain News and the Albuquerque Tribune.
Returning to Colorado in 1986, she bought her home at the top of Golden Gate Canyon, where she continues to reside with her Blue & Gold Macaw parrot BlueStar and her rescued Maine Coon Cat, Ranger.
In 1989, Teri applied for a position as a reporter in Central City. After landing the job, she learned from William C. Russell’s staff at the Weekly Register-Call how to cover local news and assemble a paper by hand. Her photography skills had grown since the age of 11, when she got her first camera. Switching to shooting black and white film and learning darkroom skills went with the reporting job.
In 1992, a photograph Teri took of a local hero returning home from Desert Storm earned her a first place award from the Colorado Press Association. Her ad design brought home two more awards for advertisements she designed around old photography from the Register-Call Collection.
Teri worked for the city of Black Hawk as a traffic control officer beginning in 1997. In 1999 she became a 911 Dispatcher and served for 12 years, becoming the lead dispatcher.
Teri has spent years researching the history of the Black Hawk/Central City area. History continues to call and lead her to find items, stories and people from the early days of Colorado’s history.
Winning a Hallmark card contest for her design was a stepping stone to her current journey toward getting her photography out in print; one of her photos is in the current exhibit at Gilpin Arts Gallery in Central City. She also designs advertisements, greeting cards, and postcards.
Teri is returning to her love of journalismand is proud to be the newest addition to the Mountain Ear team. We’ll be bringing you more Gilpin County news and photos for residents of The Little Kingdom of Gilpin and the neighboring Peak to Peak region.