A Forty-Year Career of Outdoor Writing (Dorothy was right, “. . . There’s no place like home.” Being a Kansan helped it all happen.)
Jimmy Carter was handing the keys to the White House to Ronald Reagan when Michael Pearce sold his first article on the outdoors. About 6,000 bylines and hundreds of millions of reads or views later, he’s still producing. He’ll explain how being a lifelong Kansan has helped him consistently produce quality text, come up with unique story angles, and be able to get stories other writers can not.
A subscription to Outdoor Life, gifted from his grandmother, ignited Pearce’s passion for writing when he was six years old. He spent much of his childhood telling people he’d someday write for that magazine and others. His senior year at KU he did exactly that, with national features in Outdoor Life and other publications. A nearly 40-year career has established Pearce as the top conveyer of the outdoor experience in Kansas. He was the outdoors writer/photographer for the Wichita Eagle for 17 years, had a 19-year career as an independent writer, and his outdoors articles appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Sports Illustrated and several luxury travel magazines.
A 6th-generation Kansan from Tonganoxie, he and his wife, Dr. Kathy Pearce, moved to Lawrence two years ago. He’s currently semi-retired, writing for a variety of Kansas-based publications.