Ted Brewer has written guidebooks to Utah, Prague, and the Czech and Slovak Republics. A novelist, essayist, and a former staff writer at Best Friends magazine, he’s also contributed to Montana Quarterly, Montana Outdoors, Geographical, Exquisite Corpse and other publications. He lives in Helena with his wife and two hound dogs. You can read more of his work at writerbrewer.wordpress.com
Mystery, layers of stories and the sense of the people that came before is – these are what inspire Lisa Wareham’s photography. Wareham creates photographs of people in places that tell their stories. Some call this portraiture, she calls this art. Wareham creates her art from her portrait studio in Uptown Butte, Montana.
Born in Bozeman and raised on a ranch outside of Billings, Jesse Zentz is a Billings West High and University of Montana graduate. He competed in cross country and track and field at the University of Montana, where he earned a B.A. in history and M.A. in print journalism. Jesse has 12 years of experience in professional journalism, including two years as the sports editor at the Helena Independent Record and seven years as a sports writer with the Idaho Statesman in Boise. Jesse, who enjoys running and mountain biking among many other outdoor activities, lives in Helena with his wife, Michele, and daughters, Odessa and Leila.
Matt Holloway lives with his wife, daughter and son in Columbia Falls, and writes when he’s not clawing around in the wilderness. His work has appeared in Montana Magazine, Big Sky Journal, Montana Headwall, Montana Naturalist, A Natural History of Now: Reports from the Edge of Nature(anthology), the inaugural issue of Whitefish Review, and more. Holloway is the fiction editor forWhitefish Review.
Noah Couser is a commercial action and adventure photographer in the Flathead Valley. Both graduates from the University of Montana, Noah and his wife Megan teach school in Kalispell, and spend most of their free time adventuring in the mountains in and around Glacier Park. More of Noah’s work can be viewed on his website, www.noahcouserphotography.com.
Jon Axline is a professional historian, teacher, and freelance writer who lives in Helena. He is employed by the State of Montana and is an adjunct instructor at Helena College – The University of Montana. A long-time contributor to this magazine, he has written on a variety of different subjects about Montana’s colorful history.
Corinne Garcia is a Bozeman-based freelance writer. She has traveled the state of Montana extensively as a field editor for a travel book, and loves to report on Montana life, food, people and culture. She has also written for Marie Claire, Women’s Health, the Christian Science Monitor, USAToday TravelTips, Parents, and Martha StewartLiving among many others. (www.corinnegarcia.com).
Kelly Gorham has photographed everything from food to sports in his career spanning twenty years. His photos have appeared in such publications as The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today. A native Montanan, Gorham now spends his days as the staff photographer for Montana State University.
Glenn Marx and his wife, Terri, are former publishers of the Whitehall Ledger. They lived in Whitehall from 1997-2011 and currently reside in Helena where Glenn is executive director of the Montana Association of Land Trusts. Glenn is president of Save the Star, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation, Box 536, Whitehall, MT 59759.)
Doug Mitchell currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Montana Department of Commerce, and has been active in public service and community affairs in Montana for four decades. He and his wife Julie live in Helena and have two adult children, Garrett and Andrew.
Jim Gransbery was born in Butte and grew up in Anaconda. He holds a B.A. in history from Montana State University. After a stint in the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and a five-month walkabout in Spain with his bride, he enrolled in a journalism master’s program at UM. He joined the staff at the Billings Gazette in the fall of 1977. He was state editor for five years, then took up the reporting beats of agriculture and politics (that makes sense in Montana), retiring at the end of 2007. Since mid-2008 he has written magazine articles for local, state and regional publications and worked on short fiction. He lives in Billings with his wife, Karen, who made the whole journalistic journey possible.
Brian D’Ambrosio is a journalist and marketing consultant based in Missoula, Montana. D’Ambrosio has written more than 10 books and, in 2014, will see the release of his biography of boxer “Indian” Marvin Camel, and ‘Warriors on the Ice’, recalling the lives, times, and careers of the greatest of former NHL tough guys.
Jaime and Lisa Johnson
Jaime and Lisa Johnson are a husband and wife nature photographic team. They live fulltime on the edge of the Scapegoat Wilderness near Lincoln. When they aren’t taking photos, they explore the surrounding wilderness or fish on the nearby Blackfoot River. Their work has appeared in many national and regional publications.
Originally from Chicago, IL, Chris was introduced to climbing at the age of 17. Challenged for places to climb, he set his sights West and moved to Missoula, MT where he currently lives. A landscape full of mountains fed his insatiable appetite for exploration. Climbing, biking, skiing, hang gliding, and hiking helped develop experience necessary to accumulate many first ascents. Whether climbing walls, sport, bouldering, ice, or alpine, he is always in search of a new challenge and new experience. As a climbing ambassador for Wild Things Gear, he has traveled all over North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa looking for the next adventure. When not focusing on climbing, Chris makes his living as a Respiratory Therapist.
Ednor Therriault is a writer, musician and graphic designer with deep Montana roots. He has written several books including Montana Curiosities and is currently finishing up his first novel, Stealing Motown, a comic crime romp laced with rock and roll history. He lives with his wife and two children in Missoula.
Marilyn Jones has been a journalist and photographer for more than 30 years. Specializing in travel and features, her articles and photographs have appeared in major newspapers, magazines and online. She is the mother of three grown children and lives in East Texas, where she enjoys gardening and scrapbooking. Learn more at www.travelwithmarilyn.com.
Jeremy Lurgio is a freelance photographer and an associate professor of photojournalism at the University of Montana School of Journalism. His photography is driven by a passion for documenting people and places. When not on assignment or in the classroom, he enjoys exploring the wilds of Montana with his family.
Gordon and Cathie Sullivan
Gordon and Cathie Sullivan live in the shadow of the beautiful Cabinet Mountains in Libby. Together they have published eight books and a host of calendars and magazine articles. Their newest book, Photographing Washington, will be released in 2014.
Jessica Lowry is a Montana-based editorial and commercial photographer and journalist. Her work frequently appears in national publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine and Sunset Magazine. A Georgia native, she now calls Missoula home, and loves barbecue, back roads and her husband. Not in that order.
Kelvin Pinney was born in Salt Lake City and raised in countries around the world. He is a self-taught photographer with a studio in Billings and has photographed nearly everything under the sun.
Richard Peterson is a freelance journalist who has also worked as a reporter at KULR-TV in Billings, the Great Falls Tribune, USA Today, the Fort Peck Journal and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian magazine and Aboriginal Voices magazine. He resides in his hometown of Poplar.
Born and raised in central Montana, Jackie Jensen is an award-winning photographer who splits her time between the family ranch and her photography studio in Lewistown.
Cathy Moser is a freelance writer who writes about western history, the outdoors and Montana lifestyles from her home in central Montana’s Judith Mountains.
Photojournalist Lynn Donaldson crisscrosses the U.S. on assignment for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Food & Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and The New York Times. Donaldson also photographed cookbooks, Open Range and Gatherings. She lives in Livingston with her husband and three small children.
Based in Helena, Jason Savage works as a freelance and commercial photographer
specializing in travel and outdoor photography. His work has been featured in Time, National Geographic Traveler, Outside, Audubon, Outdoor Photographer and many others. Savage also works as one of the leading photography instructors in the country, teaching workshops and classes throughout North America.
Erik Petersen has been a Montana-based photojournalist for 14 years. He lives in the Shields Valley with his wife and two boys. His work can be seen at erikpetersen.photoshelter.com or erikpetersenphoto.tumblr.com.
Becky Lomax writes from her house in the woods in Whitefish, her base camp for hiking, biking, skiing and kayaking. She has authored two Moon guidebooks, one on Glacier National Park and the other on Camping in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. She frequently contributes to Montana Magazine as well as other regional and national magazines.
Erin Madison grew up in Golden, Colo., and moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana. From there, she found her way to the Great Falls Tribune, where she works as an outdoors writer. She enjoys spending as much free time outside as possible, mountain biking, backpacking, cross-country skiing and snowboarding with her boyfriend Josh and their dog Maggie.
Kristen Inbody was born and raised in Choteau, where her family farms. Since graduating from the University of Montana, she has worked for newspapers in Alaska, Wyoming, Washington, D.C. and Montana, where she is a feature writer for the Great Falls. Inbody was a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Transylvania and Romania. She continues to explore the world.
Darrin Schreder is a commercial, marketing and advertising photographer based in Great Falls. A graduate of Montana State University, his career has spanned more than 28 years with work appearing in national and regional publications, advertising campaigns and corporate annual reports, both in Montana and abroad. His work can be seen at www.schrederphotography.com.
Carol Bradley spent many years as a newspaper reporter. Her second book, Last Chain on Billie: How One Extraordinary Elephant Escaped the Big Top, is due out in July. She lives in Great Falls.
Brett Berntsen grew up in Northwest Washington and originally moved to Montana as a trail worker. He stuck around for college and recently graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.
Although a native Washingtonian, Aaron Theisen was baptized in Lincoln, and his baptism in the outdoors occurred during childhood summers in the Blackfoot River Valley and Rocky Mountain Front. Aaron lives in Spokane, Wash., and spends much of his time in the mountains of Western Montana. He is currently working on a book, Day Hiking Mount St. Helens, to be published by The Mountaineers Books.
Thomas Lee has been photographing the character and characters of Montana and the Rocky Mountain West for more than 20 years. His latest book with Alan Kesselheim, Montana: Real Place, Real People, won the 2013 High Plains Book award for best art and photography book. More of Lee’s work can be seen at ThomasLeePhoto.com.
Jack Ballard is an award-winning author and photographer from Red Lodge. His byline has appeared in more than 50 magazines. He is the author of nine books, seven in a series of Falcon Guide titles on the natural history of major North American mammals. See more of his work at JackBallard.com.
Until a few years ago, Sean Heavey had only driven through small rural towns on his way to someplace else. But a series of cosmic events unfolded and he landed in the heart of small town America. He fell in love. Heavey’s photographs have been published around the globe and seen by millions of people. He has been honored to have his images on the pages of the NY Post, Boston Globe, Entrainment Weekly, Popular Science, USA Today, The Telegraph, France’s La Monde and National Geographic.
When Heavey does not have a camera in hand, which is not very often, he works as an electrician in Glasgow.
Todd Klassy is a professional photographer located in Havre. He specializes in photographing rural life in the Treasure State. Klassy was recently honored as a “Treasured Montana Artist” by the Montana Secretary of State’s office. To see more of his Montana photographs, visit.toddklassy.com.
Chris La Tray
Chris La Tray is a writer, photographer and wannabe adventurer. His fiction writing has been widely published in various journals and collections. He lives just outside of Missoula with his wife and a crew of terrible pets.
The editor-in-chief of Outdoor Life magazine, Andrew McKean lives just outside Glasgow with his family. His writing has appeared in a number of regional and national publications, and his latest book, Hunt Everything, is due out this winter. When he’s not editing, he roams the prairies and breaks of eastern Montana with his children and friends.
Leland Howard’s fine art nature photography has earned him credits that number in the thousands and include the National Geographic Society, Hallmark, Warner Bros. MGM and many other top names. His photographic art is meaningful in the way it captures the emotions experienced when observing the natural world. This resonance has been his goal as he refined his work during the past 30 years working as a freelance photographic artist.
Kelsey Dayton is a Montana native and Missoula-based freelance writer. She’s also the editor of Outdoors Unlimited, the magazine of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.
Kurt Wilson made his first photograph nearly 50 years ago while on a family outing at the National Bison Range in Moiese. His career as a photojournalist started in 1982 when he was hired to the staff of the Daily News in Longview, Washington. After three years, he returned to his home state of Montana and has been on the staff of the Missoulian since.
Claudia Rapkoch writes from Butte. She’s a Colorado native who has called Montana home for more than 20 years. Traveling around Montana is one of the best aspects of her day job (with NorthWestern Energy) but it’s the time spent exploring the outdoors with her husband and young son that make her the happiest.
Cory Walsh was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in journalism and works as arts editor at the Missoulian.
Jack McNeel is retired Idaho Fish and Game employee, and lives in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He began writing newspaper columns 50 years ago and is a longtime member of several professional writers’ organizations and a charter member of the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association. Nature and wildlife dominated his writing and photography, but more recently Native American and travel subjects have prevailed.
Gabriel Furshong writes from Missoula where he works for the Montana Wilderness Association. His poetry has been published in the anthology, “I Go to the Ruined Place: Contemporary Poems in Defense of Global Human Rights” (Lost Horse Press) and the CutBank Literary Magazine. His essays and reporting have appeared in a variety of publications including High Country News, Earth Island Journal, Montana Quarterly and the Cobalt Review.