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Meet Author Jim Magdanz

RURAL ALASKA is one of the most fascinating places in the world. For nearly two decades, I have photographed, written about, and studied life in rural Alaska. If you could link up with me right now, you might find me... Jim and Grant Magdanz
  • Authoring technical papers on Iñupiat (Eskimo) hunting and fishing
  • Photographing subsistence life in Alaska
  • Authoring multimedia projects for schools and the National Park Service
  • Camping with wife, Susan, and my sons, Reid and Grant
  • Celebrating my children's book, Go Home River
  • Fiddling with this HTML code.
I earned a Bachelors of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1973. I worked as an photographer, writer, editor, and picture editor at the Jackson Sun and the Des Moines Register.
Mauneluk River cabin
In 1979, I received an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship to photograph subsistence life in Shungnak, Alaska, the first photographic fellowship awarded by APF. That fellowship paved the way for a permanent move to Alaska. Since 1981, I have directed social science research projects in Northwest Alaska for the State of Alaska. Bering Sea beach In 1987, I married a fellow researcher, Susan Georgette. We have two sons, Reid, born in 1990, and Grant, born in 1994.
I am a member of the Alaska Chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCWBI), and other professional media organizations. You can see some of my photographs on the ASMP Alaska site.
Most of the year, Susan, Reid, Grant, and I live in Kotzebue, Alaska, not far from the trading beach described in Go Home, River. In spring and fall, we go to our cabin on the Mauneluk River near Shungnak, Alaska. Throughout the year, we travel around northwest Alaska by snowmobile, boat, and small airplane, enjoying our beautiful country. (That sandy beach is in Nome, not Baja.)
I check my e-mail more often than I check my post office box. So if you know something I should know, give me a clue!.

© 1997 James Magdanz, Illustrations © 1996 Dianne Widom
From Alaska Northwest Books

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