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Jim Carrier is an award-winning journalist, author and filmmaker. In a 45-year career, Jim has worked as a radio newsman, AP editor and correspondent, newspaper managing editor, roaming columnist, Web creator, freelance writer and filmmaker.Jim Carrier Photo
Author of ten books, he also has been published in the National Geographic, the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and Orion and Cruising World magazines. His reporting has been broadcast on National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio, and included in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2010.
For 13 years Jim roamed the American West as the Rocky Mountain Ranger for The Denver Post, which took him through 500,000 miles, 7,665 sunsets and 87 pairs of Levis.
In 1997, Carrier 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. In 1999, Carrier developed Tolerance.org, which has won two Webbys for activist Web sites.
In 2002, Carrier sailed Ranger across the Atlantic and into the Mediterranean, journeys chronicled in Cruising World.  In 2003 he combined his love of navigation and story telling in IntelliTours, a technology company that created GPS-guided audio tours.
In 2005, after losing his home and office in Hurricane Katrina, he returned to Montgomery where he wrote, directed and narrated, Faces in the Water, a documentary film featured in the Civil Rights Memorial Center.
Carrier and his daughter, Amy, descend from Martha Carrier who was hanged as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Carrier resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Trish O’Kane, a journalist and PhD candidate in environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is an avid banjo player and cook.

Ranger in Italy 2012

Ranger in Italy 2012

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, 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, Forward Theater Monologue Festival 2012


Daughter Amy rhapsodizes at her father’s wedding to Trish O’Kane – on a pontoon boat in the Alabama River

The Librarian and The Banjo, 2013, Documentary Film

Charity – The untold story of Charity Hospital in Hurricane Katrina, 2013, Byliner

Education/Academic Affiliation
B.A. Psychology, University of Rochester, 1966

Journalism Instructor, Black Hills State College, 1983-84
Mass Communications Instructor, Oglala Lakota Community College 1984
Visiting lecturer, South Dakota State University, Colorado State University, University of Colorado, Western State College 1986-1997.
Founder, Wisconsin Film School, 2008
Appalachian Music Fellow, Berea College, Ky., 2009

Radio newscaster: New York and Connecticut, 1966-1971
Associated Press: broadcast editor, writer, news editor, correspondent, 1971-1979
Managing Editor: Rapid City (SD) Journal, 1979-1984
Columnist/project writer/roaming correspondent: The Denver Post, 1984-1997
Freelance writer and filmmaker 1998-present, National Geographic 1990-1992, The New York Times 1998-present
Director, Tolerance.org, Southern Poverty Law Center 1999-2002
Contributing Editor, Cruising World Magazine, 2003-present
Founder, IntelliTours, creator of GPS-guided tours 2003-present
Founder, director, Wisconsin Film School 2008-present
Producer, WORT-FM, Madison. Perpetual Notion Machine 2007-present

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Jim and his 1975 Stelling Bellflower banjo (No. 34) at Bluegrass in the Pines festival (2012)

George Moses award for AP staff writing, 1978
First-place AP and SDI for spots news and projects: 1979, 1987 (two), 1991,     1995 (two)
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
Fund for Investigative Journalism, grant to support shrimp investigation 2008.
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

Contact Information
Jim Carrier
2301 Monterey Drive, Madison, WI 53704   608-467-2662   jimcarrier@msn.com