An award-winning journalist, civil rights activist and filmmaker, Jim Carrier has written eleven books, been published in the National Geographic and the New York Times, written Denver Post series on the legacy of the atomic bomb and the Marlboro Man, and produced multimedia projects for the Southern Poverty Law Center. He has roamed by Jeep through the American West and by sailboat across the Atlantic and Mediterranean. His reporting has been broadcast on NPR, PBS and included in anthologies, among them, Best American Science and Nature Writing.
Jim’s reporting from the West, as the Rocky Mountain Ranger, took him through 500,000 miles, 7,665 sunsets and 87 pairs of Levis. In 1997, he bought a sailboat, named it Ranger, and set out to sail the Pacific. He diverted to Alabama because of a hate crime against a black man. Volunteering at the Southern Poverty Law Center, he wrote Ten Ways to Fight Hate, a community guide distributed to one million officials and human rights activists. Carrier developed Tolerance.org, which won two Webbys for activist Web sites and produced the film, Faces in the Water, which shows every 30 minutes at the Civil Rights Memorial.
Now based in Burlington, Vermont, his freelance work focuses on medical science, environmental justice and human rights. A contributing editor at Cruising World, and a stringer at the New York Times, Carrier is currently at work on a forensic memoir about the gut, and a film about Hank Williams fans who gather at his grave in Alabama on New Year’s Eve. He and his daughter, Amy, descend from Martha Carrier who was hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts. His wife, Trish O’Kane, PhD, teaches environmental studies at the University of Vermont, Burlington.
Books and Major Media Projects
Letters from Yellowstone, 1987, Roberts Rinehart, Boulder
Down the Colorado, 1989, Roberts Rinehart, Boulder
Summer of Fire, 1989, Gibbs Smith, Salt Lake City
A River Drained Dry, National Geographic, June 1991
In Search of the Marlboro Man, 1991, The Denver Post
Hush Little Baby, 1992, Pinnacle, New York, and Doubleday True Crime Club
West of the Divide – Voices from a Ranch and Reservation, 1992, Fulcrum, Golden
The Sherpas of the Himalayas, National Geographic December 1992
The Colorado, a River at Risk, 1992, Westcliff, Englewood
The Atomic Legacy of the West, 1995, The Denver Post
Nature’s Life Lessons, 1996, Fulcrum, Golden
Ten Ways to Fight Hate, 2000, Southern Poverty Law Center
The Ship and the Storm, 2000, International Marine/Harcourt paperback 2002
www.tolerance.org, 2001, Southern Poverty Law Center
A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement, 2004, Harcourt, NY
Faces in the Water, 2005, Southern Poverty Law Center documentary film
Shrimp Inc., 2011, New Word City
Tainted Hunting Ground – CWD in Wisconsin, 2011, WORT-FM
Here We Are – The history, magic and meaning of GPS, 2011, New Word City
The First Thanksgiving, 2012, Forward Theater Monologue Festiva
The Librarian and The Banjo, 2013, documentary film.
Charity, 2013, Ranger Media
University of Rochester, B.A. Psychology, 1966
Black Hills State College, Journalism Instructor, 1983-84
Oglala Lakota Community College, Mass Communications Instructor, 1984
South Dakota State University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Western State College: Visiting lecturer, 1986-1997.
Radio newscaster: WTKO Ithaca, WICC Fairfield, Ct. 1966-1971
Associated Press: writer, editor, correspondent 1971-1979
Rapid City (SD) Journal, Managing Editor 1979-1984
Denver Post, columnist/project writer/roaming correspondent 1984-1997
National Geographic, Freelance writer 1990-1992
The New York Times, Sail Magazine, Cruising World, Freelance writer, 1998-present
Tolerance.org, Southern Poverty Law Center, director, 1999-2002
Cruising World Magazine, Contributing Editor,, 2003-present
IntelliTours, GPS-guided audio tours, founder and manager, 2003-2014
George Moses award for AP staff writing, 1978
First-place AP and SDI for spots news and projects: 1979, 1987, 1991, 1995s
Finalist, Scripps-Howard environmental writing, 1992
Best nonfiction book, Colorado Center for the Book, 1992
Pulitzer Prize nominations, Associated Press, 1970; Denver Post, 1988-1995
Adrenaline 2001 – The Year’s Best Stories of Adventure and Survival. (Ship and Storm)
Fund for Investigative Journalism, grant to support shrimp investigation 2008.
Appalachian Music Fellow, Berea College, Ky., 2009
Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology 2010 (All You Can Eat).
Society of Environmental Journalists, grant to support CWD investigation 2011.
Signature Grant, Madison Arts Council, The Librarian and The Banjo 2012
The River Food Pantry, board member, volunteer cook, writer 2007-2012
Wild Warner, cofounder, 2008-present
WORT – Community Radio, producer, Perpetual Notion Machine 2007-present
Wisconsin Film School, founder, 2008-present
WYOU – Community Access Television, Board member, 2014-present
Race to Equity – Northside United steering committee, 2014-present
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