Meet the Editors

They say that the greatest feats are accomplished by people not smart enough to know they were impossible. We advocate, organize and act on behalf of the earth, not always knowing where our efforts will lead, but we do so in defiance of the indifference of previous generations. If we are to inherit a scorched earth, we’re gonna raise some hell before doing so.

We are a team of environmental journalists, advocates, and actionaries. We are Millennials and we are loud. We participate in climate talks, report on climate trends, and research with adventurers and scientists. Through our voices, we hope to challenge the forces of indifference, apathy, and ignorance. We hope you will join us.

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Editorial Team 

Yoon Kim – Editor
Yoon is an editor and writer with a heart for environmental advocacy. He has a particular interest in human led environmental destruction, most specifically, deforestation. He has studied the causes and effects of deforestation in Tanzania, Uganda, Irian Jaya, and North Korea. Sometimes he wishes he had a real job like normal people, but then travel bug bit him hard and he can’t stop writing about foreign lands.  His writing has appeared on, Vertical Magazine, SNEWS online as well the Outdoor Retailer Show Daily.

466374_593208617371122_20559273_oJames Kennedy – Executive Editor
James has been involved with the outdoors since he started the Scouting program as a 1st grader. He’s been hiking trails, climbing mountains, and paddling down rivers since. He’s studied the art of communication and journalism while at university, and he still manages to go on adventures from time to time. He’s originally from the East Coast, Northern Virginia area, but he’s now located in the North West Arkansas area.


Nikki Hodgson – Environment and Features Editor
Nikki is a freelance writer with a talent for creating spectacles and getting into ridiculous situations. When not writing, she enjoys falling down mountain slopes, kayaking rivers upside down, and repairing things with duct tape. Dividing her time between Europe and the Middle East she despises temperatures above 100 F, and has mastered the following French phrases: “Can you call mountain rescue?,” “I don’t think it’s broken,” “and I would love another bottle of wine, thanks.” Follow her (mis)adventures at Nikki Travels.

Bryan Schatz – Executive Editor
Bryan doesn’t fool around, got it? And most wouldn’t characterize him as a ‘joyous fellow,’ though he does find joy in a few things; namely mud, lunacy, and eating terror for breakfast. He also delights in the outdoors, has an unfortunately destitute lifestyle and is intrigued by fringe societies. Bryan hopes to one day become a crime journalist of tremendous stature. You can get in touch with him here.


Melina Coogan – Field Reporter
For the last thirteen years, Melina has been traveling the globe, climbing and whitewater kayaking in over a dozen countries, purely for the sake of having things to talk about. She excels at puns, vocabulary, and campfire story domination.  She studied writing at the University of Washington with scholarships for both fiction and poetry. Currently a Seattle resident, she writes for magazines, brand publications, other freelance opportunities as well as her own personal blog, The Wilder Coast.

Patrick Hutchison's WritingPatrick Hutchison – Field Reporter
Patrick is originally from Seattle but you’ll find him traveling, hiking, writing and eating in Patagonia.  As a youngster, Patrick fell in love with the wooded outdoors, where he would intentionally get himself lost.  Now, he tries not to get lost, but investigates gear that would save him just in case he did.  You can follow his adventures in Patagonia at Chasing the Cloudwall.