Seth Putnam is a journalist, editor and print consultant based in Chicago. A graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, he got his start as a hard-news reporter at a small daily newspaper in Mississippi and covered politics for the Kansas City Star before moving to the Windy City to freelance for regional and national magazines. He completed the John Muir Trail in 2017 and once swam among piranhas in the Amazon River. REI member since 2015.
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