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Todd Wilkinson

Todd Wilkinson is a nationally-known, award-winning American journalist, author and lecturer whose expertise focuses on the importance of wildlife and wild places in our world. He has earned special recognition for his writing and investigative reporting about the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the most iconic wildlife-rich region in the U.S. Lower 48 and a bellwether for environmental protection on Earth. He was the founding architect of Mountain Journal in 2017 and built a large audience of enthusiastic MoJo readers, attaining levels of reader engagement higher than media outlets with 10 times its level of staff and financial resources. He left MoJo in 2023 so he could pursue other writing projects.

Proudly trained in the old-school tradition of fact-based journalism, he started his career as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. Since he resettled in the West in the mid 1980s, his work has appeared in a wide variety of national publications, ranging from National Geographic magazine and The Christian Science Monitor to The Washington Post and many others (on topics of environment, art, culture and business) in-between.

Wilkinson is author of several books that won widespread praise, including Last Stand: Ted Turner’s Quest to Save a Troubled PlanetGrizzly 399: The World’s Most Famous Mother Bear that features photographs by acclaimed nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen; Ripple Effects: How to Save Yellowstone and America’s Most Iconic Wildlife Ecosystem;  Science Under Siege: The Politicians’ War on Nature and Truth; and Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek which won him and Mangelsen a High Plains Book Award.  

For more than two decades, Todd wrote the popular and longstanding syndicated column “The New West” which was named best column in the country by the National Newspapers Association for small market newspapers. The New West is returning in 2024. To see a sample of Wilkinson’s stories and list of books he has written on topics ranging from natural history to fine art, click on link below. 

Wilkinson lives in Bozeman, Montana and has delivered hundreds of lectures and motivational talks about the importance of nature in our lives. He also has been enlisted as a ghost writer. To reach him, click on the “Contact” button.

By Todd Wilkinson

Ripple Effects

“In a cascading moment of all we stand to lose, what we gain by reading Ripple Effects are insights into community of committed citizens from brave biologists to business visionaries who care. If hope is a force field, Todd Wilkinson creates a force field of stories capable of true change and cultural transformation in the service of the wild.”
—Terry Tempest Williams

Are you among the millions on Earth who love Yellowstone and the Tetons? Do you care about the future of grizzly bears, wolves, bison and wildlife migrations that have been called an American version of the Serengeti? Yellowstone National Park is the geographic heart of the richest large mammal ecosystem remaining in the Lower 48 states.

Ripple Effects, the new book from Todd Wilkinson and Mountain Journal, will both seize your attention and inspire you to care for this region that is a national treasure.

Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek
An Intimate Portrait of 399

A book about America’s iconic bears taking the nation by storm! Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek is an extraordinary life and death celebration of famous Grizzly 399. It has been called an essential story for understanding whether Greater Yellowstone grizzlies should be stripped of federal protections and subjected to trophy sport hunting. There’s never been another book like it. If you buy now, you can get rare autographed copies by Thomas D. Mangelsen

Last Stand
Ted Turner's Quest to Save a Troubled Planet

Last Stand goes behind the scenes into Turner’s private life, exploring the man’s accomplishments and his motivations, showing the world a fascinating and flawed, fully three-dimensional character.

Grizzly 399
The World's Most Famous Mother Bear

The most famous population of grizzly bears in the world lives in the ecosystem that encompasses Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and the most visible queen of all has been Jackson Hole Grizzly 399. During her long life, with cubs at her side, she has navigated the intersection between wilderness and people. Her harrowing journey has changed the way tens of millions of people around the globe think of both grizzlies and conservation.

George Carlson
The American West

The only two-time winner of the prestigious Prix de West grand prize—the highest honor in the storied movement of art of the American West—George Carlson creates works in the tradition of American masters Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt, and the Taos School artists.