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Megan Michelson

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Home Base / Tahoe City, CA, USA

Current Location / Tahoe City, CA, USA

Overview

Writing

Profile Writing Brand Narratives Reported Pieces Adventure Travel Outdoor Industry Trends

Editing

Native Content Content Strategy Freelance Editing

Activity

Skiing Mountain Biking Camping Backcountry Pursuits Trail Running Family Adventure

Biography

Megan Michelson decided she wanted to be a journalist back in sixth grade while job-shadowing a local newspaper reporter in her hometown in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills. It just took her a few more years to realize she could combine that career path with her passion for the outdoors. “People always say write about what you love, and that truly is what I do,” says Megan. After college, she worked as a small-town newspaper reporter before landing an internship, then a job, with Outside magazine. Megan went on to work as an editor at Skiing magazine, and as ESPN.com’s freeskiing editor before launching a freelance writing career. These days, she writes for the likes of The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Outside, SKI, Backcountry, and brands and organizations like Flylow, POW, Atomic, Arc’Teryx, Red Bull, and more.

Megan excels at long-form profiles of people in the outdoor world who she finds interesting. “Pick someone you want to learn more about, then go spend time with them and call it work—talk about a dream job,” she says. Megan also dabbles in photography enough that she can document assignments.

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Megan writes stories with depth. She also never misses a deadline. When I’m in a bind or need a pro, Megan is on a very short list of folks I can trust to get the job done well. I can’t imagine her not being part of our publication.

Mike Rogge

Editor, Mountain Gazette.

Megan is at work on several upcoming feature profiles on subjects including ski racer Mikaela Shiffrin, filmmaker Max Lowe, and freeskier Eileen Gu for various print magazines. Look for those stories this fall.

Career Storyline

Statistics

4

Books contributed to

700+

Editorial and Commercial Assignments

Work Experience

PAST

09/2023

Tahoe City, California

Profile Writing

Editorial assignment

08/2023

Chile

Skiing

Editorial assignment

06/2023

Mount Shasta, California

Backcountry Skiing Profile Writing

Editorial assignment

05/2023

Iceland

Backcountry Skiing Travel Writing

Magazine Assignment

04/2023

Bozeman, Montana

Profile Writing

Editorial assignment

Awards and Recognition

Nov 2023

Top Adventure Story, Backpacker magazine.

Nov 2023

John Swett Award for Media Excellence

Jun 2023

Speaker at 2012 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Oct 2021

Media panelist for the 2021 PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference

Nov 2023

Top Adventure Story, Backpacker magazine.

Nov 2023

John Swett Award for Media Excellence

Jun 2023

Speaker at 2012 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference

Oct 2021

Media panelist for the 2021 PRSA Travel and Tourism Conference