Chris Batin, a Talkeetna-based outdoor and travel writer, has received the 2013 Enos Bradner Award from the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association.
The organization issues the award annually to a deserving member based on “lifetime achievement and longtime outstanding support of NOWA and upholding the high professional standards of outdoor journalism practiced by Enos Bradner.”
The award can be given only once per recipient, meaning Batin is in a select group of writers to be so distinguished.
Enos Bradner was outdoor editor of the Seattle Times for 26 years between 1943 and 1969. He died in January of 1984. Bradner was a founding father of NOWA. The three most recent, past chairmen of the NOWA Board of Directors choose the award recipient.
Batin is editor and publisher of Alaska Angler/Alaska Hunter Publications, a fishing columnist for Coast magazine, the Alaska Editor for
TravelAge West magazine and is listed on the masthead of Outdoor Life magazine as a contributing writer. He is the author of numerous award-winning books and DVDs on Alaska and has received more than 112 national and regional writing and photography awards. Batin has appeared on the covers of more than 16 magazines.
“I am honored to be recognized by such a great organization as NOWA,” Batin says. “Over the years, I’ve enjoyed helping the organization grow, as much as I have benefited from the wisdom of the many recipients of this award who have gone before me.”
The recipient is given a perpetual plaque, donated by Fred L. Peterson, to hold for one year on which the yearly winners’ names are engraved. The winner is also given a smaller plaque, suitably inscribed, to keep.