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Judy Benson covers health and the environment at The Day in New London, Conn., a foundation-owned independent daily newspaper. In 2013 she received the Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association and was named Journalist of the Year in 2006 by the New England Press Association. She has won numerous other awards. She attended a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship on  medical evidence at MIT and the New York Times Institute on Environmental Reporting, and is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Association of Health Care Journalists. Currently she is enrolled as a part-time student in a master’s degree program in natural resources and water resources at the University of Connecticut. When not working or studying, she enjoys hiking and kayaking.

John Paul Harris Jr. (“Jack” to most people) is the author of the book and video “Beyond My Wildest Dreams.” He was a videographer long before he ever thought about writing his book. The video proves that the book is more than words on paper. He always reached for his dreams and he hopes to leave the world a better place because he lived. He is now trying to make that happen in many ways, including writing conservation oriented poetry, writing the song “America and Peace,” creating his Team Earth initiative and Jack’s International Litter-up Hiker’s Bag. You can see more on his website http://www.jackswildlifedreams.com.

From a very early age, Josh Honeycutt was involved in hunting and fishing. He often spends long hours a field chasing whitetails, turkeys and other game. A resident of Glasgow, Ky., Honeycutt lives in the outdoors. Honeycutt is majoring in journalism at Western Kentucky University and pursuing a lasting profession in the outdoor industry. As an outdoor writer and photographer since 2011, he has been published in 20 outdoor related magazines and websites. Some of these include: North American Whitetail, Whitetail Journal, JAKES Country magazine, Game & Fish, Antler Geeks, MidWest Outdoors magazine, Wiredtohunt.com and Realtree.com. Honeycutt is also a member of the Kentucky Outdoor Press Association, Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and Professional Outdoor Media Association. His goals are to graduate from WKU, continue working in the outdoor industry, inspire in others what the outdoors has inspired in him and to promote godliness in his words and actions while doing so.

Jeffrey Isenhart was born and raised in the farmlands, north woods, rivers and lakes of northwest Michigan. He is a service-connected disabled veteran and a full-time student at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. He is studying Earth science and creative writing. He is a semi-finalist for the Norman Mailer Community College Creative Non-Fiction Writing Award Competition for his creative writing memoir “Serenity from Night.” He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd and as a light infantry soldier and advisor in Central and South America. He is an avid outdoorsman, hiking, canoeing, fishing, hunting, or camping. He lives in Ingleside, Ill., nestled around the land o’lakes area of northern Illinois.

Michael A. Kallok is an editor at Minnesota Conservation Volunteer magazine, the official publication of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, where he crafts stories about environmental issues, natural resource management, and outdoor recreation. Kallok previously was a staff writer at Minnesota Outdoor News and editor of the Mille Lacs Messenger, a weekly newspaper in central Minnesota near the famed walleye, muskie, and smallmouth bass waters of Lake Mille Lacs. Kallok enjoys paddling rivers with his wife, Kelly, casting flies on Driftless area trout streams, and following his setter through the north woods in search of ruffed grouse.

Robert (Rob) F. Kay began his journalism career with the San Francisco Chronicle Foreign Service in 1975. He has worked as a radio journalist in California and has written award winning adventure travel guides on Fiji and Tahiti for the Lonely Planet series. A past contributor to newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsday, San Jose Mercury and Los Angeles Times, he is currently editor of On Target Hawaii, a regular series on firearms in the Hawaii Reporter, Hawaii’s leading online news journal. Kay manages a three-person staff which turns out news and reviews on all manner of guns and accessories. His topics include handguns, rifles, optics, cleaning equipment, storage gear and other topics germane to the AR 15 and AK platforms. An avid bullseye competitor, Kay began shooting at the age of 12 during family outings in the Sierra Nevada. He resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Stephen Kirkpatrick has been chased by grizzly bears, attacked by alligators, and nibbled by piranha. In the process, he’s captured some of the world’s most beautiful and exciting nature and wildlife photography. Kirkpatrick’s work has appeared in hundreds of books and magazines worldwide. He has also published 11 solo pictorial coffee table books. Kirkpatrick’s work has earned international acclaim, including the “Writer’s Digest” International Self-Published Book Award, the National Outdoor Book Award, the Benjamin Franklin Award, and three Southeastern Outdoor Press Association Book of the Year Awards. He has twice been named a winner in the prestigious International Wildlife Photographer of the Year and speaks at national conferences and conventions. He has appeared on televisions shows, including ABC’s “Shark Tank,” the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “The 700 Club.” To see Kirkpatrick’s work, visit http://www.kirkpatrickwildlife.com.

Vivian Wagner is a writer and photographer who lives in New Concord, Ohio. An avid rafter, kayaker, hiker, and sailor, she has published work in a number of magazines and literary journals, including Blue Water Sailing magazine, Caribbean Compass, O, The Oprah Magazine, American Profile, American Way, TechNewsWorld, The Kenyon Review, Zone 3, and many others. She is also the author of “Fiddle: One Woman, Four Strings, and 8,000 Miles of Music,” and she teaches writing, literature, and journalism at Muskingum University. For more information about her, visit her website at http://www.vivianwagner.net.

A full-time police officer for more than 25 years, Brent Wheat is also an award-winning freelance writer, photographer and Web developer based in Lebanon, Ind. With more than 1,000 published stories to his credit, he has experience with virtually every form of print and electronic media ranging from the local newspaper to ABC News. Having served as a police sniper, diver, canine handler and police department spokesperson during his career, he specializes in tactical shooting, law enforcement and personal safety topics and has been on the editorial staff of SWAT Magazine for the past decade. Away from the keyboard, he works as a defensive shooting instructor and lectures on a variety of outdoor and personal safety subjects. When not on duty or facing a deadline, Brent enjoys pestering smallmouth bass in local streams, a sip of Kentucky Holy Water, a good cigar and tinkering with his orchid collection.

A former editor and reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, Nadia White’s writing focuses on outdoor adventure, environmental policy and journalism education. She lives in Missoula, Mont., where she hunts, fishes, canoes and trail runs when she’s not teaching reporting at The University of Montana School of Journalism. Her work has appeared in many daily newspapers as well as magazines including, recently, High Country News and Headwall. ♦

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