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Michael Kodas
Reporter
The Hartford Courant

Bio from Kodas' website:

Many of the stories and photos on my site fall into the category of "adventure journalism," but whether I'm climbing in a remote wilderness or digging for documents in a government building, I see every type of journalism as an adventure. For me, adrenaline-rich content has little value if it doesn't have a significant, underlying message or deal with important issues.

In 25 years as a photojournalist, reporter and author, I have traveled everywhere from Mount Everest to the Oval Office of the White House. Since 1987, I have been privileged to work at The Hartford Courant, America's oldest continuously published newspaper, where, in addition to hundreds of daily news, sports and feature assignments, I have also completed an unusual series of projects as both a writer and a photographer.

In 1989 I followed a group of Vietnam veterans when they returned to Southeast Asia to help the government remove the mines and ordnance they had left behind.

 

In 1995 I joined a team of journalists from The Courant and four other newspapers for a historic relay hike of the Appalachian Trail. The 36 weekly installments of the series were collected in the illustrated book, An Appalachian Adventure.

In 1997 I circumnavigated Long Island Sound by sea kayak to produce "The Urban Sea," a series of stories and photographs on the condition of the heavily used sound.

In 1998 I wrote and photographed "Troubled Waters," the Courant's 18-month series looking at the devastation of New England's marine environment and fishing industry, for which he spent countless days on trawlers, lobster boats, and research vessels.

 

In 1999 I climbed Ama Dablam, a 22,494-foot mountain in the Himalaya of Nepal, for a series of stories about the changing role of women in high altitude mountaineering.

 

In 2000 I concluded a four-year project documenting the recreation and maiden voyage of the Amistad, the cargo schooner on which 53 kidnapped Africans rebelled in 1839 only to be captured and tried in Connecticut.

 

In 2003, I trained and was certified as a forest fire fighter in order to work with a crew battling blazes in Colorado and Wyoming to produce a story that described in words and photographs the increasing threat of wildfires in the western United States.

 

In 2004 and 2006 I joined expeditions to Mount Everest to investigate how the big money and big egos in adventure sports are drawing crime and malfeasance to wildernesses in the developing world.

 

My work has also been published in The Los Angeles Times, TheWashington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune, Newsweek magazine, Backpacker Magazine and many other newspapers and magazines.

 

In 1999 I was part of the team of Courant journalists awarded the Pulitzer Prize for the paper's coverage of the massacre of four employees of the Connecticut lottery by a disgruntled employee. My work has also been honored in the Best of Photojournalism contest, the Pictures of the Year competition, the National Press Photographers Association national clip contest, and in competitions held by the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society for Newspaper Design, the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, The Newspaper Association of America, the Society of American Travel Writers Lowell Thomas Awards and several other professional organizations. I studied journalism at the University of Missouri, where I completed the newswriting and photojournalism programs.

 


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