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 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. 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, is a lecturer in environmental studies at the University of Vermont.
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 (reissued, 5th edition 2017)
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
All You Can Eat, 2011, Ranger Media
Here We Are – The history, magic and meaning of GPS, 2011, Ranger Media
The First Thanksgiving, 2012, Forward Theater Monologue Festival
The Librarian and The Banjo, 2013, documentary
Charity – The Heartbreaking and Heroic Story of Charity Hospital in Hurricane Katrina, 2015. Ranger Media.
The Alt-Right on Campus: What Students Need to Know. SPLC 2017
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
Committee on Human Research in Medical Sciences, University of Vermont 2017-present
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
Freelance Writer, 1997 – present. Clients included National Geographic and NY Times.
Director, Tolerance.org, Southern Poverty Law Center, 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 (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.
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, 2008-2016
WORT – Community Radio, science producer, 2007-2016
Wisconsin Film School, founder, 2008-2016
WYOU – Community Access Television, Board member, 2014-2016
Race to Equity – Northside United steering committee, 2014-2016
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