Jon Waterman

Author and photographer Jon Waterman will be lecturing at PSU as part of the Karl Drerup Art Gallery lecture series and the Science Colloquium organized by Center for the Environment.

Since 1983, he has taken eighteen trips into the far North, and spent over two hundred days in and around the embattled Arctic Refuge. While paddling or trekking cross-country, Waterman encounters howling wolves, British Petroleum workers, Inupiat hunters, and the oil-ravaged Prince William Sound.

Jon started shooting photographs on his expeditions three decades ago, but also found his calling as a writer and author.

He has starred in and written films for television, including “The Logan Challenge” (PBS, 1991), “Surviving Denali” (ESPN, 1994), and “Odyssey Among the Inuit” (OLN, 2000).

He’s mostly known for his time exploring the North, detailed in six of his ten books and in journals such as the Washington Post, Adventure, Hooked On the Outdoors, Outside, Backpacker, Climbing, and Rock and Ice.

In June 2005, W.W. Norton released his Where Mountains Are Nameless; Passion and Politics in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

His awards include:

  • NEA Literary Fellowship (2004)
  • Colorado State Council of the Arts Literary Award (2003)
  • The Banff Book Festival’s Best Adventure book (1995, 2001)
  • The American Alpine Club Literary Award (1996)
  • The National Park Service Special Achievement Award (1984)

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