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Mark Taylor elected president of Outdoor Writers Association of America

– At its 85th annual conference, the Outdoor Writers Association of America elected Mark Taylor as president of the association for 2012-13. Taylor will serve one year as president of the OWAA Board of Directors.

“I’m delighted to be working with Mark for the next year. His no nonsense dedication to getting things accomplished will serve the board, and ultimately the association, well,” said OWAA Executive Director Robin Giner. “He has a vested interest in seeing OWAA grow and prosper.”

A member of OWAA since 1999, Taylor is the outdoors editor for The Roanoke Times, and a freelance writer focusing on hunting, shooting and fishing. He was elected to the OWAA Board of Directors in 2008 and subsequently elected to the Executive Committee in 2010.

Taylor is also a dedicated member of the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association, and an avid triathlete. He lives in Roanoke, Va., with his wife, Mary, and their twin daughters.

OWAA is The Voice of the Outdoors®. The Outdoor Writers Association of America is the oldest and largest association of professional outdoor communicators in the United States. It was organized in 1927 by members of the Izaak Walton League of America and includes professional communicators dedicated to sharing the outdoor experience. OWAA’s professionals include writers, photographers, outdoors radio- and television-show hosts, book authors, videographers, lecturers and artists. The association is headquartered in Missoula, Mont. For more information, contact Robin Giner, executive director, Outdoor Writers Association of America, 615 Oak St., Ste. 201, Missoula, Mont. 59801; 406-728-7434,;

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