If your destination is interested in learning more about what it takes to host an OWAA conference and use our membership of outdoor media to put a real, national spotlight on all your outdoor adventures, please check out our conference RFP.

OWAA conferences offer our members (and sometimes non-members) access to professional development content to help improve their craft, stay up to date on the latest and greatest achievements in the outdoors and outdoors industries and attain new story ideas.

1927Morris AckermanCleveland, Ohio
1928Morris AckermanCleveland, Ohio
1929Morris AckermanChicago, Illinois
1930Bob BeckerChicago, Illinois
1931-35No RecordNo Record
1936-37George GreenfieldWashington, D.C.
1937-38Cal JohnsonSt. Louis, Missouri
1938-39Jack Van CoeveringBaltimore, Maryland
1939-40John MockDetroit, Michigan
1940-41Dave RobertsWashington, D.C.
1941-42J. Hammond BrownMemphis, Tennessee
1942-43J. Hammond BrownToronto, Ontario
1943-44J. Hammond BrownChicago, Illinois
1944-45J. Hammond BrownColumbus, Ohio
1945-46J. Hammond Brown(Cancelled)
1946-47Col. Lewis B. RockChattanooga, Tennessee
1947-48J. Hammond BrownSt. Petersburg, Florida
1948-49J. Hammond BrownRochester, New York
1949-50J. Hammond BrownNorth Bay, Ontario
1950-51J. Hammond BrownMoosehead Lake, Maine
1951-52J. Hammond BrownEscanaba, Michigan
1952-53J. Hammond BrownMiami, Florida
1953-54J. Hammond BrownMissoula, Montana
1954-55J. Hammond BrownRolla, Missouri
1955-56J. Hammond BrownRangeley Lake, Maine
1956-57Louis A. KlewerState College, Pennsylvania
1957-58J. Murray CrowderAberdeen, Washington
1958-59Ries TuttleKey Colony, Florida
1959-60Joe MearsHot Springs, Arkansas
1960-61Evan W. MeansLake Texoma, Oklahoma
1961-62Ed KeenanJackson Lake, Wyoming
1962-63Grits GreshamSarasota, Florida
1963-64Roger LathamErie, Pennsylvania
1964-65Bob SteberMcAllen, Texas
1965-66John GartnerGlenwood Springs, Colorado
1966-67John GartnerPort St. Lucie, Florida
1967-68Homer CircleWaskesiu, Saskatchewan
1968-69Hurley CampbellCallaway Gardens, Georgia
1969-70Howard GrayDuluth, Minnesota
1970-71Bill CledeCoeur d’Alene, Idaho
1971-72Bodie McDowell*Pensacola, Florida
1973-74Charles L. CadieuxGrand Rapids, Minnesota
1974-75Bill PotterQuebec City, Quebec
1975-76Henry S. ReynoldsLake Charles, Louisiana
1976-77F. Wallace TaberSnowmass, Colorado
1977-78Mark J. SosinMacon, Georgia
1978-79R.P. ‘Pete’ CzuraVirginia Beach, Virginia
1979-80Dan SaultsAlbuquerque, New Mexico
1980-81Tom OpreRapid City, South Dakota
1981-82Sheila K. LinkLouisville, Kentucky
1982-83Bob DennieSpokane, Washington
1983-84Ed ParkWichita, Kansas
1984-85Norman M. StrungTraverse City, Michigan
1985-86George H. Harrison*Phoenix, Arizona
1986-87Howard A. BachHarrisburg, Pennsylvania
1987-88Thayne Smith*Kalispell, Montana
1988-89C. Boyd Pfeiffer*Marco Island, Florida
1989-90Joel M. VanceDes Moines, Iowa
1990-91William R Hilts Sr.*Salt Lake City, Utah
1991-92Lonnie L. WilliamsonNiagara Falls, New York
1992-93Tom Huggler*Bismarck, North Dakota
1993-94Michael LevyPortland, Oregon
1994-95Glenn L. Sapir*Orono, Maine
1995-96Mark A. LaBarbera*Chattanooga, Tennessee
1996-97Judd Cooney*Duluth, Minnesota
1997-98Betty Lou FegelyHaines City, Florida
1998-99Tom Wharton*Redding, California
1999-00Jim CasadaSioux Falls, South Dakota
2000-01Cliff ShelbyGreensboro, North Carolina
2001-02Bill Monroe*St. George, Utah
2002-03Laurie Lee DoveyCharleston, West Virginia
2003-04Ted Upgren*Columbia, Missouri
2004-05Marty Malin*Spokane, Washington
2005-06Spencer TurnerMadison, Wisconsin
2006-07Jim Low*Lake Charles, Louisiana
2007-08Rich Patterson*Roanoke, Virginia
2008-09Phil Bloom*Bismarck, North Dakota
2009-10John Beath*Grand Rapids, Michigan
2010-11Tony Dolle*Rochester, Minnesota
2011-12Mike WalkerSalt Lake City, Utah
2012-13Mark Taylor*Fairbanks, Alaska
2013-14Bill Graham*Lake Placid, New York
2014-15Mark Freeman*McAllen, Texas
2015-16Lisa (Densmore) Ballard*Knoxville, Tennessee
2016-17Brett Prettyman*Billings, Montana
2017-18Phil Bloom*Duluth, Minnesota
2018-19Paul Queneau*Fort Wayne, Indiana
2019-20Tim Mead*Little Rock, Arkansas
2020-21Pat Wray*Virtual (due to COVID-19 pandemic)
2021-22Christine Peterson*Jay Peak, Vermont
2022-23Katie McKalipCasper, Wyoming

* Current member, Past Presidents Council (which is comprised of all living past presidents who are OWAA members)

OWAA Conferences and Events

OWAA conferences and events include:

  • An annual, in-person conference (generally in the June/July time frame)
  • A series of webinars throughout the year on the second Wednesday of the month at 7 P.M. Eastern (followed by a casual social hour for those that would like to stay on to chat and network)
  • A series of ‘WOW’ (Women Outdoor Writers) virtual gatherings on the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 P.M. Eastern
  • As needs dictate, there are occasional virtual conferences as well

Non-members that attend OWAA conferences and events and then decide to join OWAA later can have the registration fee for the event attended subtracted from the price of their annual dues.

A hiker pauses atop Jay Peak in Vermont. Photo by Paul Queneau.