Greg Stahl has been a writer, editor and communications professional focusing on the politics, people, economy and ecology of the Rocky Mountain West for 15 years. Presently the assistant policy director at Boise-based conservation group Idaho Rivers United Stahl works on endangered salmon recovery, in-stream water rights, Wild & Scenic river campaigns and water-wise education efforts.
He also worked from July 2009 to September 2010 as senior editor at Sun Valley Magazine, a four-times-per-year glossy out of Hailey, Idaho.
In 2005, Stahl was selected for the Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he concentrated his studies in CU’s School of Law. During the fellowship Stahl collected considerable interviews and research on the evolving West as viewed through the lens of policy initiatives and personalities, and he plans to publish his work as an examination of the question: What is the New West?
Stahl also worked as senior reporter and, later, assistant editor at the Idaho Mountain Express newspaper in Ketchum, Idaho, where he wrote about an array of issues. His co-authored series examining trends in western wilderness designation won the 2004 National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in the investigative reporting category. Another co-authored series examining western resort-town growth earned second place recognition in the same category in 2005. He has won numerous awards in competitions among Idaho’s newspapers and magazines in varying categories and earned the peculiar distinction of becoming the most award-winning reporter to work at the newspaper since it was founded in the early 1970s.
Photography for Stahl is more hobby than profession, but he has exhibited his work at several galleries and charitable events and plans to participate in more shows as his skill behind the lens evolves and as his body of work grows. Having only received formal education in black-and-white film photography more than a decade ago, his sometimes very non-traditional techniques are entirely self-taught. His preferred subject matter includes the inspiring wide-open vistas and compelling details of the West’s wild country. For more on Greg Stahl’s photography, please visit www.westernperspective.com.
In November 2012, Stahl published “The Snow Inside Me,” a short, heartbreaking personal memoir about a tragic childhood day. It’s the first installment of what he plans as a six-part series that examines big questions about spirituality, nature, coming of age and the ways in which we mold and shape our lives. With a natural propensity to work on metaphors equating the natural world to the human condition, Stahl also hopes to use the story to pique readers’ curiosity about the ways they influence the environment around them–and how that environment, in turn, influences them.