As an editor I have focused on the outdoors and sporting categories. During the past twenty years I have edited nearly 200 editions of the magazines below, encompassing well more than a thousand articles covering every aspect of hunting, fishing, wildlife management, and conservation.
Founded in 1975 by Ed and Becky Gray, then later acquired by Morris Communications, Gray’s Sporting Journal is the preeminent magazine of sporting literature, art, and photography. I managed the Morris sporting titles from 2007 to 2017, becoming editor-in-chief of Gray’s in 2014, at that time only the third EIC in the magazine’s 40-year history.
American Angler is the essential how-to fly fishing magazine. While many angling-lifestyle titles have come and gone in recent years, American Angler has remained true to its instructional mission, finding a loyal audience of beginning and expert fly fishers alike who want to enhance their enjoyment of the sport by improving their angling skills.
From the mid 1990s to the mid 2000’s, saltwater was the fastest growing area of the fly fishing category. Saltwater Fly Fishing was a natural extention of that trend, covering techniques and tactics, travel, conservation, gear, and news. I started with Morris Communications as editor of this title in 2004, later accepting the position of Sporting Group General Manger in 2007.
I was still working as an editor at Game & Fish Publications (see below) when Emmis Communications approached me about starting a companion publication for an outdoors television program. The result was Wildlife Journal, a nationally distributed chronicle of wildlife management and conservation. The title’s brief two-year run is how I learned to make a magazine from scratch.
Game & Fish Publications
My introduction to outdoors media came at Game & Fish Publications. I edited South Carolina Game & Fish, North Carolina Game & Fish, Virginia Game & Fish, and Tennessee Sportsman, a volume of more than 200 articles per year. I also stood in as the occasional “cover dude” on the company’s other titles, including its flagship publication, Georgia Sportsman (pictured).