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Lefty Ray Chapa is a San Antonio-based, award-winning, professional photographer and writer specializing in outdoor subjects like fly-fishing, kayak fishing and waterfowling. He is also a lecturer on Texas fly-fishing opportunities and can be found giving slideshows and seminars across the country. Chapa is a frequent contributor to Southwest Fly Fishing magazine, Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine and the San Antonio Express-News newspaper. Chapa is president-elect of the Texas Outdoor Writers Association. Besides photographing wildlife, he also shoots wildlife. He is the credited photographer on two Grammy winning music CD’s and over a dozen Grammy-nominated and Latin Grammy CD’s. The nickname “Lefty” comes from his high school golf playing days. While his team was not very good, his golf coach often told other coaches they could “out-drink, out gamble and out-fight any other team in the state of Texas.”
Bekah Klarr, an enthusiastic outdoorswoman, native Michigander and frequent traveler, grew up exploring the outdoors. Experiences like working on a cattle ranch in Nevada, becoming a Wilderness EMT, earning her pilot’s license and hunting and fishing trips have defined Klarr. She’s hunted big game in North and South America and Africa. She also enjoys various bird hunting, fly-fishing and deep sea fishing. Klarr began writing about her experiences and the outdoors with the goal of bringing more representation for hunters to the public. She is a regular contributing writer for outdoor sites, has written articles for newspapers and private hunting club publications and started her own site CygnetOutdoors.com in 2014.
Kim Ogonosky is the manager of social media and administration at Coastal Conservation Association Texas, where she films, edits and distributes videos about restoration projects the organization participates in; (www.ccatexas.org/videos); photographs project sites; organizes all social media efforts; and oversees and directs communications. Ogonosky received a master’s degree in public communications from Fordham University in New York, where she interned with the United Nations and earned funding to film a documentary in Africa. Prior to moving back to her hometown of Houston in April 2013, Ogonosky worked as an adjunct professor at Fordham and a search marketing consultant for a search engine marketing company. Ogonosky loves spending time with her dog, exploring Texas, traveling, practicing yoga, eating good food and being outdoors.
Ryan Sabalow is an investigative reporter for the Indianapolis Star who primarily covers natural resources issues. His experiences as a lifelong hunter and angler lend unique insights into the many troubling environmental issues he covers. His investigations have exposed state officials’ lax attitudes toward mercury contamination in fish; raw sewage overflows disproportionately dumping into streams in Indy’s impoverished neighborhoods; and a powerful state wildlife official skipping a public waterfowl-hunting lottery. He’s most proud of “Buck Fever,” a groundbreaking four-part investigative series that starkly exposed the profound ethical concerns and disease risks caused by the interstate trade in captive deer.
Multimedia producer Greg Schulzetenberg makes his home on the Iron Range of northeastern Minnesota where he owns a small video production company and is employed as an outdoors writer and columnist with the Mesabi Daily News. He spent 13 years as a television news photojournalist, including stints at KARE-TV and KSTP-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Following TV news, he moved into the outdoor broadcasting field by joining Babe Winkelman Productions as a producer, editor and the chief photographer. In 2009, Schulzetenberg formed his own company, Center Cut Media, maintaining a focus on the outdoors, as well as corporate and internet video. In 2013, his journalism career moved to print where he writes, shoots still photography, produces video and performs page design. His experience and passion for the outdoors is what compels him to write — whether hunting, fishing, camping, or anything else that puts him in the field.
Since his first outdoor article appeared in MidWest Outdoors magazine in 1990, Steve Schweitzer has penned hundreds of articles for blogs, websites, magazines, trade magazines and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and Fly Fisherman Magazine. He currently is contributing editor to Angling Trade Magazine and column writer for Southwest Fly Fishing magazine, Eastern Fly Fishing magazine and Northwest Fly Fishing magazine. He is author of the book “A Fly Fishing Guide to Rocky Mountain National Park” and co-author with Mike Kruise of “A Fly Fishing Guide to Colorado’s Indian Peaks Wilderness Area.” He is an accomplished book illustrator, specializing in pen and ink pointillism and an award winning outdoor photographer, specializing in high-country Rocky Mountain destinations. Schweitzer is an avid fly-fisherman and backpacker, and has been playing the guitar for more than 40 years, sometimes in bands, but mostly now just around campfires.
With 20 years helping create communications in many mediums, Adam Stielstra has worked extensively with advertising and marketing agencies, production companies and publishers known the world over. With an early emphasis in the 1990’s on broadcast advertising and film production, Stielstra has written, developed and directed a wide scope of media for a variety of clients including the U.S. National Park Service and Clif Bar. Stielstra’s company, Pictures Heal, is based in Boulder, Colorado. He’s a full-scope media creative director, story developer and filmmaker with a redirected focus for Pictures Heal to help aid in humanitarian, conservation, and environmental entities for global causes and initiatives. His website is admstielstra.com.
Captain Brett Taylor was born in Pennsylvania and grew up fishing freshwater species. He quickly developed a fishing passion for saltwater gamefish of coastal New Jersey. Taylor earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Rider University and worked for Merck pharmaceuticals prior to pursuing a career in public education in New Jersey. He teaches chemistry at a high school a few miles from Barnegat Bay and established its fishing club which he continues to run. Taylor is a contributing freelance writer for The Fisherman and On The Water magazines, and has given seminars and presentations at boat shows, tackle shops and fishing clubs. He was recently selected by George Poveromo to serve as regional faculty for the 2015 Saltwater Sportsman’s National Seminar Series in Linwood, New Jersey. In addition, he has made several appearances as a guest on ESPN’s Rack and Fin radio program. Taylor runs a charter fishing business, www.reelreactioncharters.com.♦