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OWAA elects three new board members, approves ballot measures

MISSOULA, Mont. – Outdoor Writers Association of America membership elected three members to the board of directors: Tim Mead (North Carolina), Chris Hunt (Idaho) and Peter Schroeder (Washington). All three Active members will take their board seats on Sept. 6, in conjunction with the 2012 OWAA annual conference in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Chris Hunt is a free­lance writer and blog­ger, the conservation editor for Southwest Fly Fishing magazine, and the national com­munications director for Trout Unlimited. Hunt is a former newspaper edi­tor and reporter, and the winner of numerous journalism awards, including the 2004 Dolly Connelly Award for Excellence in Environ­mental Journalism. He lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, with his wife, Liza, and their two chil­dren, Delaney, 13, and Cameron, 9.

Tim Mead is a free­lance journalist, with credits in Boundary Waters Journal, North Carolina Sportsman, Fly Fishing and Tying Journal, Fish Alaska, and Midwest Outdoors. He is a past presi­dent of Southeastern Outdoor Press Associa­tion and has received Excellence in Craft contest awards from OWAA and SEOPA.

Peter Schroeder writes outdoor adven­ture travel articles fo­cusing on cruising un­der sail, scuba diving, and winter recreation. He annually writes the Western Snow Sports Guide, which reviews 100 ski resorts in the western U.S. and Canada. He has been a speaker at numerous regional writers conferences. He is a former OWAA board member and treasurer and was twice voted Outstanding Board Member. He and his wife, Risa Wyatt, also a writer, divide their time between homes in Seattle and Sonoma, Calif.

In addition, three amendments were passed: to reduce the number of members needed to constitute a quorum at annual membership meetings to 25; the addition of a Membership Committee and a Marketing Committee to the list of mandated standing committees; and a minor alteration to the organization’s mission statement to add the words “and opportunities” to the organization’s mission statement. Revised membership criteria were also approved. The new membership criteria can be viewed on OWAA’s website at

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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