Anne MacKinnon has been a journalist in Wyoming for more than 35 years. Former editor-in-chief of the Casper Star-Tribune, and a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize in Public Service in 1985, she holds a BA from Harvard, a JD from UC Berkeley/Boalt Hall, and a PhD in natural resource economics from Humboldt University in Berlin. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming’s School of Environment and Natural Resources, and a consultant in water law and management policy.
Gene Ruckman was born and raised in Cheyenne and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming. Gene began his career working ten years as a consultant in public policy development, public opinion research, public relations management and coordinating various campaigns of candidates for public office on the federal and state level as well as many issue referendums in Wyoming, Colorado and the mountain west. Through many travels and interactions along many campaign trails Gene developed a love for the variety of newspapers, radio & TV stations and the different flavors of local media personalities he encountered. So, in 1997, Gene switched gears and joined the Gannett Company starting in marketing at the Fort Collins Coloradoan then later to take on the role of Strategic Marketing Manager at the Asheville Citizen-Times in North Carolina and today works at the company headquarters in McLean Virginia as a Senior Analyst with the Customer Insights Team. Gene still considers Wyoming home and can be found traveling frequently from Wyoming to Virginia or setting up office at any coffee shop in between.
Patrick Larvie grew up in Wyoming, went to college in New York then earned a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He’s a practicing cultural anthropologist, sometimes as a researcher, sometimes in a teaching role, and most recently as a team builder and manager for Google. A self-described news-junkie, Larvie says he’s most passionate about making public life more transparent, the political process more approachable, and to encourage civic participation.
Nadia White is an associate professor at the University of Montana School of Journalism where she teaches old-school journalism in the new media model. Her students, for instance, provided extensive coverage of the environmental crimes trial ever held, using Twitter and Blogspot and old-fashioned seat time. White was an editor and reporter at the Casper Star-Tribune for many years, working from both Casper and Washington D.C. She worked as press secretary to Kathy Karpan’s U.S. Senate bid in 1996. She is currently writing a book project that blends biography,memoir and adventure travel, all from a desk in Missoula, Mont.
Loring Woodman escaped his native New Jersey two weeks after graduating from college in 1964 and moved to northwest Wyoming. Even now he can’t quite figure out how he managed to talk his east coast family into backing his harebrained scheme to turn an abandoned log homestead in the Gros Ventre Range into a viable wilderness guest ranch, but that became his life (read “Beloved ranch for sale” for a good story about the Darwin Ranch). Long winters made it possible for Woodman to investigate a variety of out-of-state, part-time work projects, including a short stint as a programming consultant in Silicon Valley in the early 1980s while still operating his Wyoming business from a distance. His 50 year ownership of the ranch inholding has provided a rich education in the workings of the Forest Service. Woodman was deeply involved with Wyoming’s congressional delegation leading up to the passage of the Wyoming Wilderness Act of 1984.