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About Clark

Independent Journalist – Podcast Producer – Wilderness Guide

I am a freelance journalist, editor, and podcast producer. I specialize in narrative-driven stories about people and their environment, covering our relationship with the natural world through food production, outdoor recreation, and industry.

I report on environmental science, all manner of adventure, and the gear it takes to get out and find the stories. I have experience writing and editing articles and taking and editing photos for local, regional, and national outlets. I also have experience in field recording, audio editing, script writing, sound design, mastering, and podcast production.

My work appears in print and digital newspapers, magazines, and outdoor adventure guides. And summarizing stories for multiple social and digital platforms is a fun outlet for pithy storytelling, casting the line to deliver the hook. First and foremost the story must be right. Truth-telling and making important, and often complicated, information both accessible and compelling are my passions. Laughing and making people laugh is up there on the to-do list as well.

Before moving into journalism, I worked for seven years as a restoration ecologist and coordinator, promoting riverside habitat restoration and large-scale watershed conservation in the western U.S.

I also work as an adventure guide. Currently, I am a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide. Previously, I’ve led whitewater rafting, canoeing, caving, dog sledding, horseback riding, and ropes course adventures. I’ve also facilitated team building and leadership activities through ropes courses and management simulation exercises. I hold current Wilderness First Aid, ASA 104 Bareboating Cruising, and Level I Avalanche certifications.

Education

I hold a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and Land Use Policy from the University of Virginia and a Graduate Certificate from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art & Design.

But my most important education is ongoing, traveling locally, nationally, and internationally, talking to people, asking lots of questions and listening closely. I’ve been lucky enough to take classes on people, culture and the environment in South Africa and fluvial geomorphology in France and greater Europe. I learned humility in the Himalayas and gratitude for the generosity of the human spirit everywhere I’ve ever been.

My childhood years tumbled through the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I spent my late adolescence on the Western Slope of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and my young adulthood biking, surfing, sailing, and skiing around California before landing in Maine. I think I’ll stay awhile.

Playing with Nala, my suspected American Dingo companion.
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