Colin Kearns


Colin Kearns is the Editor-in-Chief of Field & Stream. His media career began in 2004, when he landed the summer gig of a lifetime, as an editorial intern for Field & Stream. After college, he worked at Salt Water Sportsman magazine for three years, before joining F&S as a full-time staffer in 2008. In 2016, he was named Editor-in-Chief, just the sixteenth person to hold the title in Field & Stream’s 127-year history. Kearns lives in New York City with his wife—and within walking distance of his storage space packed with hunting, fishing, and camping gear.


  • Covers fly fishing, deer hunting, survival, and wild-game cooking
  • Editor on several books about hunting and fishing


Kearns is a respected editor in both the general-media and outdoor industries. Since he’s been with Field & Stream, the brand has been nominated for more than 10 National Magazine Awards, winning twice for General Excellence—the highest honor in magazine journalism. He’s spoken on panels for the American Society of Magazine Editors and made appearances on The Weather Channel, NPR, Fox and Friends, and other outlets.

Kearns oversees all editorial across all Field & Stream content channels—but his favorite part of the job is writing and editing adventure stories about hunting and fishing. An experienced fly angler, Kearns has traveled all over North America targeting trout, steelhead, pike, tarpon, bass, and more.


Kearns graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and English. During college, while many of his friends traveled abroad for a semester, Kearns temporarily moved to Montana where he studied part-time—and fly-fished full-time.

F&S Lightning Round

Favorite Place to Fish: “No Name” River, New York

Favorite Critter to Hunt: Mallards

Bucket List Adventure: Fly fishing for giant browns in New Zealand

Most Prized Piece of Gear: A pair of Richard Wheatley fly boxes

All-Time Favorite F&S Story: The Reunion Hunt, by T. Edward Nickens

Notable Work