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Charlie Siler harlie Siler has been a writer and editor for more than 30 years, working for local daily newspapers and business publications, including Bloomberg News and Forbes. His specialties include climate change, sustainability, the oil and gas industry, nuclear power and solar energy, and website, climateshowdown.com, aggregates the latest news on climate change. Charlie is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at [email protected]
Preston Slaughter Preston Slaughter is a freelance photographer and writer based in Richmond, VA. After graduating in 2014 from the University of Miami (with a degree in motion pictures and English literature), she spent two years teaching English in Thailand while fulfilling her dream of traveling the world with camera in hand. Preston’s work can be seen at prestonslaughterphotography.com.
Hope Strong Hope Strong is a freelance writer and fishing guide in eastern Idaho. He started out as a reporter and photographer for Idaho's Teton Valley News, went on to serve as the paper’s managing editor, and finally switched gears to become a guide with WorldCast Anglers. After chasing trout for several years in Chile and Argentina during the winters, Hope co-founded a weekly newspaper in Idaho, the Valley Citizen, in 2008, running it for six years until the paper closed. He now spends his summers on rivers in the Rocky Mountains and focuses on writing during the off-season. Hope and his wife, Janice, live in Tetonia, Idaho, with their two young sons.
Andrew Sullivan Andrew Sullivan, a photographer, has worked in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. A contributor to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, he has also has been published by National Geographic, MIT Technology Review, Time, Fortune, the United States Olympic Committee, and many other publications around the world. Sullivan is based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, where he founded the documentary photography workshop group www.seekworkshops.com. He daydreams of his rural Vermont childhood whenever he is stuck in traffic in Mexico City, New York, or San Francisco. More of his work can seen at www.andrewsullivanphoto.com.
Bryce T Bauer Bryce T Bauer is a freelance writer, documentary producer, and curious drinker. He is the author of “Gentlemen Bootleggers: The True Story of Templeton Rye, Prohibition, and a Small Town in Cahoots,” and he co-produced and co-wrote the related documentary “Whiskey Cookers,” which won Best Documentary at the Iowa Independent Film Festival. (He was also the winner of the inaugural game of “Vingo,” a mystery wine contest modeled after Bingo, at the NoLITa wine bar La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. Bauer’s prize was a glass of first-growth Bordeaux.) He lives in New York and Colorado, and teaches journalism at Manhattanville College and reading and writing in the CUNY Start program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. He’s on Twitter at @brycetbauer.
Barbara Tannenbaum Barbara Tannenbaum is a freelance writer based in San Rafael, CA. Her pieces on arts and culture have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Daily Beast, and Salon.com. Her fiction has appeared in the Catamaran Literary Reader and Chicago Quarterly Review and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She's held senior editorial positions at San Francisco Focus, Edutupia.org, and the California Academy of Sciences where she wrote for Science Today, Cal Academy's online news channel. You can find more of her work at www.barbaratannenbaum.com
Timothy Teichgraeber Timothy Teichgraeber is a San Francisco Bay Area freelance wine and spirits writer and entertainment lawyer. Over the past two decades, he has contributed hundreds of wine and spirits articles to national and international publications including Decanter, Opus Vino, City Pages, The Wine News, Tasting Panel, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. He is currently the Market Watch columnist for Vineyard and Winery Management, pens his own Modern Wine blog, and writes the City Pages Fall Wine and Dine Guide. Teichgraeber judges wine at competitions such as the James Beard Awards, San Francisco International Wine Competition, Sunset Magazine Wine Competition, and the California State Fair Wine Competition.
Shmuel Thaler Shmuel Thaler has been a staff photographer at the Santa Cruz Sentinel since 1987 and his photographs have been published in leading newspapers across the U.S., including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Christian Science Monitor. His work also has been featured in numerous magazines including Time, Forbes and Business Week, and viewed on the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News. After a 35-year career as a local and international photojournalist, Thaler was named the 2016 Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year by the Santa Cruz County Arts Commission. Thaler has won the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism contest three times, and he has garnered either a first or second place award in the San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association, the California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Associated Press News Executive Council contests in each of the past 15 years. Thaler collaborated with George Levenson on two children's books—“Bread Comes to Life,” and the classic “Pumpkin Circle,” which has more than 120,000 copies in print and is held by every major library system in the country. He also has worked as the staff photographer for learning journeys to India and South Africa with Mount Madonna School’s “Values in World Thought” program. During these trips, he has documented conversations with The Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You can see more of Thaler’s work at www.shmuelthaler.com
Sharon Tilley Sharon Tilley is the development and communications consultant for The Craftsmanship Initiative. Tilley has a longtime interest in regenerative agriculture and, through her independent consulting practice, helps a variety of mission-oriented organizations grow and thrive. She is also an avid musician, and can be occasionally found playing saxophone in Marin County jazz venues, or accompanying her children in their household band.
Peggy Townsend Peggy Townsend has spent most of her adult life as a newspaper reporter, mostly for the Santa Cruz Sentinel, covering everything from homeless teen-agers to the inequalities of health care. She has won two statewide “Best Writing” awards from the California Newspaper Publishers Association and multiple “Best Feature” awards from the Associated Press News Executives Council and the California Newspaper Publisher’s Association. She was a 2005-06 racial justice fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and currently writes for the UC Santa Cruz magazine and website. She lives with her husband in Santa Cruz and Lake Tahoe.
Rob Waters Rob Waters is a journalist and travel writer living in Berkeley, Calif., who writes about health, science, criminal justice issues, and world culture. He has covered biotechnology for Bloomberg News, was a senior editor at WebMD, and editor-in-chief of the Tenderloin Times, a four-language San Francisco community newspaper. His articles have appeared in BusinessWeek, San Francisco magazine, Salon.com, Sierra, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Los Angeles Times. Rob is a contributing writer for STAT, a new Internet-based health and science publication started by the Boston Globe, and a member of the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto. For Rob, this visit to Cuba with a friend who was born and raised there gave him the unique chance to meet and learn about the lives of ordinary—but extraordinarily creative—Cubans, like Juan Francisco Valdez Linarez, better known as Bebo (at left, in the photo above).
Alden Wicker Alden Wicker is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of EcoCult, the leading sustainable lifestyle blog that covers fashion, beauty, and travel. She has written for Fast Company, Quartz, Newsweek, Refinery29, Racked, Rodale’s Organic Life, and Narratively. Alison is a co-founder and president of Ethical Writers & Creatives, a group of 80-plus creatives focused on improving the world through their work, and a member of Travel+SocialGood. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband.
Paula Wolfert Paula Wolfert.
Barry Yeoman Barry Yeoman is an award-winning freelance magazine journalist based in Durham, North Carolina, who specializes on putting human faces on complex issues. His investigative reporting has taken him around the world, from a coastline in India where industrialization threatens traditional fishing families to a training ground in North Carolina for private soldiers on secret missions. His work has appeared in The Nation, Popular Science, Audubon, Mother Jones, The Washington Post, CityLab, National Wildlife, The American Prospect, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. His web site is http://barryyeoman.com. Photo by John Noltner.
Erla Zwingle Erla Zwingle has written for dozens of magazines over the past 30 years, primarily National Geographic, to which she has contributed 25 articles as well as writing its Guide to Venice. “I didn't study journalism,” Zwingle says. “I studied art history, which was the best thing because you get to learn about all sorts of things—just like journalism.” Her idea of a great assignment, she says, is “one in which I discover that all the things I thought I knew when I started turn out to be wrong.” Zwingle took up residence in Venice, Italy, 20-plus years ago after falling in love with a Venetian, who is now her husband. “He taught me to row in the Venetian way,” she says, “and our happy place is anywhere in the lagoon, preferably at low tide. Because of the clams.”