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Name Rick Chamberlin
Title Freelance Writer
Sauk City, WI 53583 USA
Phone (608) 469-4865
Phone Type Cell
Website http://www.climatechronicle.com
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About Me Bio: My interest in writing about the natural world was kindled in the early 70s when as a young boy I ran wild in, over and through the woods and waters of Michigan's upper peninsula. There I steeped myself in the Native American lore and literature (Schoolcraft, Hemmingway, Traver, Harrison) of that beautiful country, as well as the works of Twain, London, Michener and others. The encouragement of family members and teachers fanned that into a flame and helped me hone my already keen ability to mix metaphors, write run-on sentences and cause readers to scratch their heads. I learned the rudiments of journalism while writing for my high school newspaper, The Mariner, where I later won an award for my articles on toxic waste dumps and acid rain. After a short stint at Michigan State University, where I studied anthropology, literature and Swahili (really), I worked as a fundraiser for regional and international environmental organizations in Madison, Wisconsin. Inpired by John Muir's Travels in Alaska, I also spent a summer working in and exploring Glacier Bay National Park. My first professional article was a piece on U.S. Forest Service plans to build a scenic highway through the heart of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan. Since 1993 I have worked in circulation for Capital Newspapers, publisher of The Capital Times and Wisconsin State Journal. Apart from my paid freelance work (see links to articles, above), my essays on global warming, politics and culture have appeared, among other places, in Orion, on commondreams.org, fightingbob.com and on my own blog, climatechronicle.com.