A native of rural Southern Oregon, Mark Taylor wrote his first outdoor story at 13 years old, when he figured out that his English teacher would accept tales of his fishing and hunting exploits for essay assignments. A little more than a decade later, after a four-year stint as a ship-based Navy Officer based in Norfolk, Virginia, he started writing and editing as a career and he’s been at it for about 30 years now. After 16 years as the outdoors editor at The Roanoke Times, Taylor joined the staff at Trout Unlimited as Eastern communications director in 2014. He lives in Roanoke with his wife and, when they are home from college, his twin daughters.
- Covers coldwater conservation and trout and salmon fishing for Trout Unlimited
- Freelancer covering fishing, hunting, shooting, endurance sports and conservation
- Life member and former president of the Outdoor Writers Association of America