J.R. Sullivan is a contributing writer for Field & Stream. He joined the staff of Field & Stream in 2015 as an associate editor. During his time at the brand, he primarily edited and wrote stories about conservation and public lands, including the 2017 feature “This Was Your Land,” which The New York Times touted for effectively arguing why federal wilderness should remain in public control. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Time, USA Today, and Garden & Gun, among other outlets. He now covers finance for Wealthsimple Magazine. He lives in Nashville.
- Covers conservation, wildlife, and fly-fishing
- Currently writing a book for Knopf about the Tennessee Valley Authority
Sullivan covered the Department of the Interior closely while on staff at Field & Stream, and wrote several long features, most notably “The Shipwreck of San Leon” and “The Vanishing.” In 2018, Sullivan—who remains a contributing writer for Field & Stream—left for Men’s Journal, where he wrote about, well, a bunch of stuff: feral hogs, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, hypercompetitive pinball players. His forthcoming book expands on a Men’s Journal story about a disaster at a TVA power plant.
Sullivan attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he studied English.
F&S Lightning Round
Favorite Place to Fish: Blackfoot River
Favorite F&S story: “Boxes” by Ted Trueblood, because it’s so odd and would never get published in print today. Bill Heavey’s “People of the Caribou” is also pretty good.